The fourth annual Job Action Day is being celebrated today. Spearheaded by Quintessential Careers, this is a day for all those employed or looking for employment to take stock and rethink the way they may be approaching job search.
I’m honored that my article, 10 Steps to Bullet-Proof Your Career in the New World of Work, was chosen as a keynote in the “Start Up” category, one of 3 steps all job seekers should follow, as they plan a job search and manage their careers in the digital age:
Here’s a rundown of those 3 areas — the critical initiatives and mindset needed to land a job today and maintain a healthy career:
1. Skill Up: The skills mismatch is a huge issue in the current jobs crisis. Thousands of jobs are going begging because employers can’t find skilled employees. This theme focuses on what job-seekers can do to attain the skills that will help land these jobs (including retraining, internships, apprenticeships, lateral job moves, and more).
2. Start Up: Refers not only to starting small businesses as an alternative to traditional jobs or unemployment, but a whole new mindset of being the CEO of your career — having a portfolio of portable skills, a great network, flexibility, a project-mentality; not sitting at the computer visiting job boards, but getting out there and meeting people, knocking on doors, taking ownership of your career path.
3. Speak Up: Job-seekers need to be more vocal and demand action from our elected officials — using the media to push a jobs agenda and demanding better media coverage of the jobs crisis — as well as from the so-called job creators to create more jobs.
From the Job Action Day 2011 main page, you’ll also find tips and blog posts written by experts in the careers industry, including Richard Bolles, author of the best-selling career book in history, What Color is Your Parachute?; Tory Johnson of Women for Hire, a top career site for women; author and Generation Y expert Lindsey Pollak; Steve Rothberg, founder of the top college job board, CollegeRecruiter.com; and Eric Shannon, CEO of LatPro, a specialty job board for Hispanic and Spanish/English and Portuguese/English bilinguals.