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!
- 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!
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:
- 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.
- SCWorks.org – links to a myriad of training or educational programs, as well as information on training providers and schools
- 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.
- 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)
- ReadySC.org – provides customized training for new and expanding business and industry in South Carolina.
- 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.
- 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)