Career REinvention – Dream BIG!
By Susan Guarneri
Looking for your dream job? Ready to try something new? Helpful tips and tools to move you from one career to another.
Road Test Your Career Choices – The Inside Track
Career assessments, career coaching, and career research sites, such as the O*NET Online, can be essential in the initial phases of your career exploration. But, when you narrow down your choices to two or three viable options, you likely will want more in-depth information before you road-test any careers. Here are some resources for you to use:
Top social media sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+) all have a search box where you can input your top-pick careers or industries. This will yield people with whom you can connect for insider information about occupational careers, industries, and companies.
Meeteor.com dubs itself your “Networking Assistant” on Facebook and LinkedIn. You can search for types of job roles, as well as industries and companies. It produces a weekly list of new connections for you to network with and “dig-deep”.
Vault.com and Glassdoor.com are also credible sources of information about companies and industries via comments from employees and former employees. You can search for these people in your social media networks to go more in-depth about their observations.
Cachinko.com, a Facebook app, identifies additional jobs you might like and “Friends Who Can Help” after you initially select a few occupational roles to explore.
2. Information Interviewing
Asking specific questions about careers, industries, and companies is at the heart of information interviewing. What are your most important work values and needs? Will the occupational role you are considering enable you to meet those? Does the company culture sync up with your values, goals, and personality type?
Beyond these example questions, you will also want to get referrals to many others for additional advice and information. Never base your decision about a career, industry, or company on the feedback of just one person!
In addition to the social media sites listed above, explore PivotPlanet.com, Google+ Hangouts, and Google+ Hangouts on Air (HOA) for access to professionals in a vast array of occupations and industries.
Susan Guarneri, Career Assessment Goddess and Reach Master Branding Strategist, can guide you to your best-fit career options and help you land your Dream Job.