Career Adventure

career development from both sides of the interview table

Another reason to diversify

Your job efforts, that is.

New statistics show that online job searching is skyrocketing, especially on some of the less-known job sites.

The same article points out that women spend more time on searching online.  Their conclusion — women are being disproportionately affected by the economy.  I’ll throw out an alternative — women may be less likely to use their networks to find their next opportunity.

So, keep in mind that the competition online is getting tougher, and adjust the time you spend there accordingly.  Then, find a way to distinguish yourself from the crowd.

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Where the jobs are

Amidst the less-than-stellar employment statistics is a ray of hope for those working, or aspiring to work, in select industries.

Government, health care and education added jobs in December.

If you’ve been contemplating pursuing nursing or becoming a teacher, the opportunities may still be out there for you.

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Redefining success for Gen Y: Employers take note

I was an “achiever” as a kid, more likely to be someone’s pick for lab partner than for shortstop.  I think I was like many fellow Gen Xers in that success had a prescribed path: I could be a doctor, a lawyer, or a scientist.  (Funny, investment banking wasn’t even on the radar…)  No one gave me one of those “career interest” tests that tell you whether you should be an astronaut or a bank teller.  The focus was on where I could get the most bang for my college buck.  So much so that when I expressed interest in engineering, there was a strong lobbying to go into chemical engineering for the higher pay despite the fact that, well, I didn’t like chemistry.

But as today’s college graduates enter the workforce, few careers offer stability, and some of the top-earning fields have completely tanked.  In the absence of the foregone-conclusion money machine careers, where is a smart, ambitious new grad to go?

Allison Jones of Entry Level Living puts out a call to new grads to consider the public sector.  With “Yes We Can” becoming the national catch phrase, it’s not unrealistic to believe young adults might start their careers with positions where they can give back.  And nonprofits’ tendencies towards more casual workplaces and greater flexibility may better suit the Gen Y mindset.

The other growing path for Gen Y folks is entrepreneurship.  As the steady paycheck becomes less steady the level of risk involved in a startup is becoming more palatable.  When you consider that Gen Y may have access to more support for longer in their early adulthood than previous generations (what better office for your new company than your parents’ basement?), entrepreneurship seems completely in reach.

Maybe these pursuits will lead to careers in public service or successful multinational corporations, maybe not.  But employers will be well advised to recognize the value in these alternate paths and adjust their recruiting efforts accordingly.  Tomorrow’s candidate may not have the five years of experience you ask for, but they’ll likely have just the skills you need.

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About Career Adventure

Career Adventure is the blog of Kristi Daeda, a Human Resources and recruiting pro sharing thoughts on career development from both sides of the interview table.

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