If you think that your current job will last forever and you can retire from it in twenty years, think again! The days of any company “taking care of you” are long gone. Holding a job for more than 5 years is a triumph these days. The job market is changing very quickly as companies try to stay competitive by ever increasing productivity.
So, what does this mean for you? It means that reinventing yourself continuously is essential to keep yourself marketable. Take Ron for example. Ron is an accountant who was laid off several months ago. As part of his job search, Ron earned his Project Management Professsional (PMP) certification. He hoped additional certifications would enhance his interview efforts. He was right. Ron got a new position recently. His new employer needed an accounting professional who could manage large projects. Ron was the perfect candidate.
Ron is an excellent example of implementing a successful career reinvention – Expand your education.
Here are three additional strategies:
Get and stay in good physical condition – Feeling and looking good adds to your confidence and performance. You will feel like a new person by exercising regularly. You’ll have more stamina and will handle stress better - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise-and-stress/SR00036
Expand your network to include professionals outside of your industry. When you broaden your contacts, you enhance your professional reach. You can be a resource center to more people. The more you help others the more referrals you get - http://www.businessknowhow.com/tips/networking.htm
Develop a strong personal brand – YOU are the product. Define your features and benefits. For example one of your features may be that you know how to streamline processes. The benefit to an organization is that you save them time and dollars because you can reduce the time it takes to complete a task – http://takebackyourcareernow.com/