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Career Skills for the New Year

January 11, 2017 by


If you’re looking for a promotion or a hefty pay raise in the New Year, the article “The 21 Most Valuable Career Skills” in the June 2016 edition of Money magazine spells out exactly how to achieve the goals you desire.  As the writers discuss in the article, you can no longer be complacent in the fast growing job market if you want to get ahead.  You have to possess the necessary skills that give you an edge over the competition and this article details what those skills are and what you can expect as the payoff.  Money magazine and Payscale.com researched employees across many different industries and different job titles and have compiled an authoritative list of those skills with the best payoff for the work force today.  These include the following general areas with more specific skills also included in the article:

  • Making Sense of Big Data-If you can understand how to analyze and organize data for your employer, you will help them to understand and better serve their markets.
  • Managing the Bottom Line-You don’t need to be an accountant, but it does help to understand what keeps the company afloat. Understanding the decisions that affect profitability and reading financial statements are important to your advancement.
  • New Technology Skills-If you have expertise in newer areas, such as cloud computing for example, you may have a distinct advantage over the competition. Employers tend to favor those technical skills specific to their industry.

These are a few of the findings discussed in the article that may help you with the promotion or pay raise that you desire.  Also included is advice on how to get those skills that you need to get ahead.

For more information, please see the June 2016 edition of Money magazine.

You can also access this article on the EBSCO database through the Plano Libraries.  This is how to get there:

  • go to planolibrary.org
  • click on Research a Topic on the blue bar on the left
  • select Research
  • select Academic Search Premier and enter your library card number
  • search Academic Search Complete for the article


Job Search Resolutions for 2017

January 3, 2017 by

With a new year ahead, you may have created your own personal resolutions for self improvement, new habits, or goals you want to accomplish. But what about resolutions for advancing your career or finding a new job path? Job-Hunt.org‘s chief writer and editor Susan P. Joyce offers job search resolutions for 2017.

  1. Monitor your online reputation: potential employers may attempt to learn more about you by searching popular social media sites; do you know what they might find? How will those findings affect perceptions of you as a potential employee?
  2. Use online networks to your advantage: Professional networking sites like LinkedIn are heavily consulted by recruiters. Basic access is free, so make sure your information is up to date and available for interested parties.
  3. Know what you want to do: Have an elevator speech that focuses on your skills and passion. If you cannot communicate your job search goals, you might not noticed when an opportunity presents itself.
  4. Know where you want to work: Target the top firms in your job search field. Setting a high bar can display ambition for a potential employer, or lead to a connection that improves your search chances.
  5. Focus on networking rather than cold-call applications: Quality is more important than quantity! Instead of flooding potential employers with resumes and applications, first build connections with people you know. A personal recommendation can make the difference in your job search.
  6. Help others: Something as simple as an introduction, a contact name, or a tip about an employer might be the difference maker in a person’s job search. Help others and they will help you.
  7. Manners matter: Being polite may not result in a noticeable reaction from a potential employer, but bad manners can have immediate negative effects. Good manners cost nothing and can pay off in big ways. Write thank you notes, be prompt to appointments, and treat your contacts with respect. It may make the difference between landing a job and continuing to search.