“The rules have changed. Lifetime employment no longer exists. The sooner we can all adjust and accept this, the better. We all need to develop a career insurance policy. Ongoing networking to stay top of mind with key people, even when you’re not actively searching, should be part of your plan.
But for job stability, the future world of work will be built around career portfolios, or multiple income streams. That is, a series of short-terms jobs, self-employment and consulting stints for one or more employers, along with possible full-time employment with a single employer.
Think of it this way. You have a retirement account and maybe even financial investments. You don’t put all your money into the same fund do you? You diversify your investments. You do this as a form of insurance because if one doesn’t perform as well, you’ll be protected by the others. This is exactly the same logic you’ll want to apply to your career.”
Hannah has been called one of the most underrated job search bloggers in America, by another job search expert, Jacob Share. I featured Jacob earlier in this series that introduces you to some of the best job search bloggers you may not know about.
She may not be a superstar – YET – but, with more than 4 years of steadfast, daily blogging behind her and continuing every day, she’s bound to get there soon. Many of us in the careers industry have been loyal fans for some, if not all, of those years.
With over 10 years’ experience working in human resources and outplacement, her engaging, compelling writing style is backed by deep expertise in the field. She was a career training specialist at RochesterWorks, a career consultant at Lee Hecht Harrison, and is now Job-Hunt.org’s Job Search Navigation Expert. It’s no wonder that people get hooked once they start reading her blog or tweets.
Hannah and I get together by phone regularly to discuss trends, strategies, and how to better help our clients. Her driving passion for the new world of search and helping job seekers understand how to navigate it, are obvious.
In her business, Hannah works with job seekers on career mapping, reputation management and social media strategies. As she says on her blogsite:
My mission: Guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search by providing a map and tools to navigate today’s competitive landscape.
My passion: Helping the wandering and lost job seeker to understand how to look for work better.
To give you an idea of what kind of information you’ll find on Career Sherpa, here are some of Hannah’s most popular posts: