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Moving Up in Your Career

Sometimes, it is easy to feel stuck in your current role in your career. For a while, it may just be comfortable. However, if you want to progress in your career, you will need to push yourself a little and put in the work, possibly making some changes.

Face Time

Be sure to get face time with the people who are in charge! These may be people at the company you already work for, or they may just be others in your field you respect. Connect with people you can learn from, and do not hesitate to ask them for advice. Find out what they did to get to the position they are in now. Check out this recent article about networking!

Changing Jobs

You may be at a point in your current position where there is really no way to move up at your company. This requires you to push yourself a little and start looking for another job with growth opportunities. It may be necessary to do some networking to figure out which companies in your field foster growth within their company.

Continuing Education

Depending on your career path, it could be necessary to go back to school or enroll in more training in order to move higher in your field. Not only does this prepare you with more knowledge for the potential jobs ahead of you, but it shows your dedication to your career. Some companies will even help pay for you to enroll in programs at local schools while you work for them.

Although staying in your current role can be comfortable, moving up usually requires you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. This could mean putting yourself out there and networking, taking the risk to change jobs, or taking the time to get a new certification or degree.

Advancing Your Career without a New Degree

How can we grow in our fields when we are unable to put the money and time into going back to get a new degree? Many of us desire to grow in our discipline or change fields but do not have the time or the money to go back to school due to our current life circumstances. Below are a few ways to gain experience without uprooting your life!

Online Courses/Certifications

There are many online courses and certifications online that you can take to gain knowledge and add experience to your resume. These courses can be taken online and during your free time outside of work. This article outlines some websites to take classes for little to no money!

Volunteer your Time

Find someone you want to learn from and offer to do some work for them/ask if you can serve as an apprentice. Check out this article on ways to network and find people to learn from in your field. It never hurts to ask. Even if you only have a few hours a week, this time can provide you with valuable knowledge to further your career. Although you may not be making money, the experience you will gain can be key to career growth. 

Side Jobs

If you don’t have the flexibility to leave your current job or take time off, try to find an opportunity to do some part-time work outside of your regular job. This job does not necessarily have to be directly doing the work you want to learn more about. If you want to learn more about recruiting, but you can’t get a role without previous experience, you could work as the Secretary or Administrative Assistant at a recruiting firm. Doing so exposes you to recruiting and helps you learn about the process.

Companies value experience when hiring, not just degrees! Include any courses or experience you gained on your resume, even if they were not full-time jobs or classes that led to degrees. Go forth and pursue your interests!

How To Highlight Your Skills & Experience On Your Resume

With the recent executive order regarding the government’s hiring process, skills are taking the forefront. In an effort to hire a more diverse workforce, the U.S. government will be giving a candidate’s skills and experience priority over a college degree. And while this is only being implemented at the federal level for now, you can expect companies throughout the country to follow suit. So, how can you put your skills & experiences at the forefront of your resume to get noticed?

Carve out a spot just for relevant skills

This means, you guessed it, that you need to customize your resume to each job you apply to! In this section, you should specifically highlight your skills that match the job description. Here’s a great example from The Balance Careers:

Key skills include:

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube

Content Editing: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook), WordPress

Graphic Design: Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro)

Be sure to write out any abbreviations, just in case your resume gets run through an ATS first! We recommend putting this section right at the top so it catches the hiring manager’s eye right away.

Use action words

It will be more important than ever to utilize action words on your resume. Instead of just listing out things you’ve done, explain your role in each project and achievement. This will give you ownership of your accomplishments. It also gives the hiring manager a first-hand look at what kind of an employee you will be. Here are some of our favorite active verbs to use when writing your resume:

Highlight courses or certifications

Just because college degrees may not be the primary factor in whether you get hired, doesn’t mean that what you’ve achieved thus far is irrelevant. Still include your education, and detail the coursework that was relevant to this position. Additionally, feel free to add any courses you’ve taken online, as long as they contribute to your career. And of course, list out any certifications you’ve earned. Some jobs require certifications, and for others, they add to your credibility and self-motivation. Again, be sure to spell out your certifications and include dates of achievement. 

Navigating the current job market alone is tough. Luckily, you have JSG on your side. Once you’ve crafted a great resume, check out more of our job search tips here!