• A new career for 2017


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Important 2017 Career Advice You Can't Afford to Ignore

Published: December 19, 2016 | Updated: November 10, 2020

If you’re a job seeker, you could be in the driver’s seat in 2017. The economy is doing well, employers are hiring and the U.S. unemployment rate is at a nine year low. What does all that good news mean for you and your job search? It’s time to get moving!


Don’t delay

Now’s the time—not next week, next month, or next year. You don’t want to miss out on this window of opportunity. You also need to move fast once you start moving toward your new career. Companies pay attention to how quickly you respond, once they do. They want to know you’re serious and swift action and detailed responses let them know that you are.


Update your portfolio

Conduct your own year-in-review and update your resume with all your accomplishments. Customize your resume to fit the job you’re going after. But it’s not enough to have just a resume anymore. You need something that helps you stand out from the crowd. Are you a welder? How about adding a video of you working your craft to your Facebook page? Do you follow the most current trends in the IT industry? Upload some interesting articles to your LinkedIn page. Create your own personal brand that you can be proud of and share it on your personal, professional and social networks.


Add career training and experience

As you take a look back, it’s also time to look forward. Consider any gaps you may have in your professional portfolio. Maybe a part time job in the field you want to enter will give just the added experience you need. Or could an advanced degree help you advance your career? Find the career training program that’s right for you and enroll.


Conduct lots of research

From the field, to the company, to the position in the organization, perform thorough research so you know who you might work for and what you’ll do. Check out the people who could be your future colleagues on LinkedIn. And keep current with what’s going on in the industry so you’ll always be able to carry on an intelligent conversation, whether on an interview or at a party. After all, isn’t your career also your passion?


Access online resources

There are plenty of websites where you can find job listings, and even apply. Sites like Glassdoor, Indeed and Monster can update you with jobs that match your search criteria. You can store your resume on their sites. And LinkedIn is great for networking and connecting to people and jobs! Just remember, if you apply online, you’ll want be careful to beat the applicant tracking systems many companies use to separate worthy job candidates, from just run-of-the-mill. How will you stand out?


At Charter College, we work to put you to work. Check out our programs in business, health care, information technology, veterinary, and some trades. And then contact Career Services to take the next steps toward your new career.