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Making A Career Move? Things Have Changed A Lot!

Aug 18, 2007
It's no secret that making a successful career move these days is a lot different. Career move expectations have changed. Especially in the 21st Century job marketplace.

Let me show you what I mean. Just take a look at the dramatic changes that have occurred in the last few years:

1. Changing jobs every three years is no longer frowned upon.

2. Lifetime employment went out with the dinosaurs.

3. Corporate loyalty to workers in terms of job guarantees is dead.

4. Employees are now totally responsible for their own careers.

It was largely the corporations that ended the traditional employment contract in the late 80's and early 90's. Since the notion of "loyalty in exchange for lifetime employment" no longer made bottom line sense to many organizations, hundreds of thousands of workers lost their jobs.

So, here's what this means to your career move in the contemporary 21st Century job market: unless you become pro-active and self-reliant in your career move you could be dead in the water.

Because of the changes noted above, employers have changed too. Their expectations of job candidates have evolved as well.

For example, if you're not prepared to demonstrate specifically how you can make a bottom-line contribution to the organization -- you're out!

Or if you're unable to respond like a pro to tough questions about your background, you just lost out to someone who can.

Or if you're counting on your resume to sell you to a prospective employer, you go to the end of the line!

Today's savvy job seekers know that resumes don't make hiring decisions -- people do. And being able to assertively represent yourself in a face-to-face meeting is the only way to land a high-paying job.

That's why you need 21st Century tools and techniques. For example, you can't rely on your resume to get you a job. Instead, you need to spend the time doing your homework to identify organizations that match up with your requirements. And then the names of decision-makers who potentially could be your next boss.

One of the most powerful tools you have immediate access to is called "career partners." These are people you already know or who are influential in your community, e.g. political figures, religious leaders, community leaders, etc.-- the kind that help you identify precisely who you should be talking to.

Your career move is too important to leave it up to chance. Using old-fashioned techniques like answering ads, posting your resume on job sites, emailing companies or relying on agencies and recruiters -- these are ways to guarantee you'll have a long and painful job search.

Times have changed. Have you changed with them? Your career move requires it!
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Paul Bowley manages EEI, the world-class pioneer in alternative job search techniques and innovative e-business strategies . . . since 1985. Check out THE WORLD'S FASTEST JOB SEARCH PLAN! And grab our stunning FREE REPORT! http://www.fastest-job-search.com
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