Are you happy with your job? Doesn't matter if you are an SAHM, a WAHM, WOHM or all of the above, we are all working women, right? But are we happy with those jobs? What about your partner, spouse, significant other? Is he or she happy?
With recent grads entering the work force and just starting their job search, tons of ideas on how to land a dream job - and keep it - are flying about. Time for us to pay attention as well, as what worked even two years ago is now not the way to land that new gig. Even if we love our jobs, it is good to read and be up on the latest job news, from what the experts are saying about finding a job to how to make yourself stand out in your field to tapping into your passion.
-- Network, network, network. No longer can you just do your job and clock out. You need to be out and about, meeting people and connecting. With so much fluidity within all job sectors, you never know who may be that person who will come in handy to be familiar with for your next job move or to join forces to climb the ladder.
-- Don't be afraid to intern or go part-time or consult. Many times, taking a six-month or year-long paid internship can turn into full-time employment. If you can swing it financially, this a great way to get in the door and, yes, network. Perfect idea when you are changing careers or getting back into the work force.
-- Know how to sell yourself. If you or your spouse is in the job hunt, be prepared with a one-liner or a brief snippet about yourself, your talents, your goals. You never know when you may be at a softball game or at a BBQ and opportunity knocks. Being ready with a small "sales pitch" bit about yourself can turn a chance meeting into a follow-up lunch or coffee.
-- Know your strengths. Being able to realize what you are good at and turning that into a career, or making that the bulk of your job, is an essential part to longevity. Take a moment and look over past projects, tasks, jobs and really hone in on what you are naturally talented in.
-- Become comfortable with talking to others. I read on one blog that everyone should take an acting class, to work on public speaking and communication skills. This is great advice. Think about the people you see around the office and at conferences - the ones that make an impact are the ones who can communicate.
-- Ask yourself what you would do for free. From knitting to washing dogs to reading, figure out a way to make money doing it. You'd be surprised with a little creativity, you can work at your dream job.
Are you or someone in your family looking for a new job? What is the best advice you have heard to land a job in this new modern era?