Inspiration and innovation in your job search

Tips to stay inspired and innovative in the job search.

Job search Carve out a career path by staying inspired and looking for new ways to offer innovation and solutions to the organizations you're looking to join. The tips in this week's roundup can help you along the way.
  • 5 Crazy Career Changes That Will Inspire You Not to Settle The Daily Muse:“'I have three degrees, none of which have anything to do with what I’m doing now,' Christine Auten shares, naming off her education in theater, sound engineering, and anthropology of religion. While one of those degrees did influence a large chunk of her career — she worked as a voice actor for Japanese anime for about 15 years — when family responsibilities brought her back to Austin, Texas, she took a different path. She volunteered at SXSW Interactive festival for a season, and quickly realized that it was the place she wanted to be. So when she got an offer to come on full time, she jumped at the chance."
  • Want to Get Hired? Stop Fighting the Clone Wars and Show How You’re Different Brazen Careerist: "An impressive resume is nice. But employers really want people who provide solutions to their problems. Identify those problems in your industry that the clones cannot solve. This will not only guarantee your job security, but also give you a competitive edge since your company will be so afraid to lose such a highly qualified niche problem-solver."
  • How to Determine if an Organization Appreciates Its Employees U.S. News & World Report: "Does the company make it its priority to not only attract, but also retain its talent for the long haul? Is it pretty clear that the organization is a revolving door, where employees seem to come and go frequently? How can you tell? If most people you meet when networking or interviewing don’t have much experience at the organization, it may be a tip-off. You can certainly make a point to ask about the tenure of the typical employee."
  • Can You See the Opportunity Right in Front of You? Harvard Business Review:"Sutton, and later Tom Kelley of IDEO, pointed out that innovators could potentially spark new ideas and insights if they could somehow manage to look at the familiar — their own products, their customers, their work processes — as if seeing it for the first time. Adopting this view, business leaders and managers might be more apt to notice inconsistencies and outdated methods, as well as untapped opportunities."
  • Job Seekers: Don't Forget To Prepare Questions For The Employer Forbes: "Believe it or not, that situation is as awkward for interviewers as it is for job seekers. As a hiring manager, I specifically look for candidates who have done their homework and come prepared with questions (based on their research of the job, the company, and the industry) — so they can also evaluate whether or not the position will be a good fit for them. It’s important to prepare questions ahead of time so when the hiring manager asks, 'Do you have any questions for me?' you’ll have a list from which to pull. That way, you won’t have to worry about your mind going blank at that crucial moment."
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