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Don't be a Job Seeker...Be a Career Manager!

Are you a Job Seeker or Career Manager?

Job Seekers wait until they need a job to look for one, they only network when it is absolutely necessary and only to ask for possible job leads, and they will settle for anything because they never put in the time and effort to develop and work a plan toward something great.

Career Managers understand that, as CEO of their own future, they must always be looking and preparing for the next opportunity. Career Managers continually develop and nurture professional relationships with people from different circles in hopes of adding value and contributing in mutually beneficial ways. Career Managers are self-aware enough to know when the time has come to transition to something different and take advantage of professional development opportunities to get them where they want to be.

Manage Your Career!

  1. Don't just search for a job when the need is most pressing – manage your career by clarifying your professional goals and developing and working a career plan. The Business and Job Center's Career Coaches can help get you started or back on track. Consider scheduling your Career Coaching Appointment today!
  2. Bridge the gap between your current job and desired career – what experience, hard skills, certifications, or education do you need? What programs are available to help you gain the training you need? Here are just a few local training providers:
    1. Goodwill Job Connections – Goodwill offers 5 training programs (Retail, Contact Center, Food Service, Custodial, Certified Nurse Aide) that can give you the skills and certifications you need to edge out the competition in these competitive fields.
    2. SCWorks.org – links to a myriad of training or educational programs, as well as information on training providers and schools
    3. WIA (Workforce Investment Act) – focuses on meeting the needs of businesses for skilled workers and the training, education, and employment needs of individuals. Key components of the Act enable customers to easily access the information and services they need through the "Workforce Center" system; empower adults to obtain the training they find most appropriate through Individual Training Accounts (ITA), and ensure that all state and local programs meet customer expectations.
    4. Midlands Technical College – certificate and QuickJobs programs have been developed for fields where job growth is expected and can take as little as 12 weeks (Project Management, Interior Decorating, and LEED) Come hear more about Midlands Technical College at the Business and Job Center this Wednesday, December 4, @ Noon! (see below or click here)
    5. ReadySC.org – provides customized training for new and expanding business and industry in South Carolina.
  3. Employ a Parallel Career Track – before quitting your current job, take time to gain experience in your new career field by volunteering, interning, or consulting. Working full-time and working towards a new career can be daunting and arduous. But if you never start, you will never get to the finish line! Be sure to create a good support group to sustain you.
  4. Build your Career Brand – revisit your marketing tools to ensure they are telling the career story you want to tell! Highlight the skills, achievements, and experience for where you are heading. We will be discussing how to define our brand and network this Thursday, December 5, @ 3:00! (see below or click here)

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Amazon Says: This book reveals 60 proven principles and easy career management techniques.  Discover powerfully effective ways to start a new job and make a great first impression; work more smoothly with bosses and colleagues; build a high-performance personal network; manage workloads; decide who to trust (and distrust); handle enemies and overcome career setbacks; recognize when to move on; get noticed, get ahead, and get to the top!  From Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: "A cutting-edge pioneer in the field of business coaching, Dr. Karen Otazo knows--and speaks--the truth about how to get and keep the job you want. Regardless of your age or stage of your career, you'll find practical tips and tools to make your workplace journey smoother, more enjoyable, and potentially more profitable. The Truth about Managing Your Career is a must-have for your career library." less...
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Amazon Says: Are you looking for a mere job—the kind where you do virtually the same thing day after day, year after year, and spend the hours counting down the minutes until the clock hits five p.m.? Or are you looking for a career—the kind that engages your interests and passions, constantly presents new and exciting opportunities and challenges, and allows you to grow personally and professionally? If you chose the latter, this is the book for you. In The Wall Street Journal Guide to Building Your Career, former Wall Street Journal careers editor Jennifer Merritt shows you how to build the foundation for the fulfilling professional career that leads to that corner office. She'll walk you through how to: • Select and nab that important career-launching college internship • Ace your first interview—and blow them away in the second round • Navigate the unwritten rules of any office culture • Negotiate tastefully and successfully for the salary your skills are worth • Get that critical promotion when you're at the peak of your learning curve • Choose the mentor (or mentors) who can best help you achieve your goals • Leap ahead of other high achievers racing you to the top Drawing on advice from industry experts, career coaches, and ordinary people who've made the climb themselves, Merritt offers insider tips for landing and moving up in the kind of job that's not just about earning a paycheck but about realizing your ambitions and achieving the kind of success you've always dreamed of. less...
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Amazon Says: A simple, engaging, and eminently practical guide to overcoming your weaknesses—your "Buts"—to achieve the career and personal relationships you want Imagine a workplace w more...
Amazon Says: A simple, engaging, and eminently practical guide to overcoming your weaknesses—your "Buts"—to achieve the career and personal relationships you want Imagine a workplace where all the employees are aware of the things they do—or fail to do—that prevent them from being more productive and valuable. Imagine a company where everyone speaks openly and honestly about his or her weaknesses and is committed to strengthening and overcoming them. Imagine an environment where colleagues help one another become more efficient and less disruptive by speaking the truth about what detracts from the team's efforts and objectives. Imagine a place where the firm's most talented employees know exactly what they need to do to attain a leadership position. This is no fantasy workplace: it can be your business if you listen to Joe Azelby and Bob Azelby, brothers and successful executives in their own right.Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye will help all professionals find their individual BUT—whether it's a lack of skills, a distracting behavior, or a personality quirk that interferes with achieving success. Using road-tested techniques, Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye helps you examine your BUT, understand it, manage it, cover it, and most important, shrink it. It also enables managers to help their employees discover personal weaknesses and to learn how to deliver the direct, honest feedback every worker needs and deserves.Finding your BUT can be tough medicine, but the Azelbys deliver it with a tasty spoonful of sugar. Get ready for success . . . get ready to Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye. less...
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