By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter
The topic that we are blogging on this month is, things job seekers should keep an eye on in 2011 (trends/tools/hiring practices). Please follow the Twitter hashtag, #CareerCollective. I have included links to my colleagues’ posts at the end of this article.
New Shoots of Green
It’s tornadic – the career destruction wrought by the last couple of years’ economic storms. Careers (and egos) were dismantled and flung about like rag dolls, and many are still in the throes of reconstruction. I firmly believe these same careers will resurface with stronger foundations and greater-than-ever sustainability.
While 2011 may — or may not — be the transformative year for total global jobs recovery, we have our economic feet planted in the fertile ground of recovery and hope. It’s our job now to water and cultivate the soil to create and perpetuate shoots of green.
The Onus Is on You and Me
The onus for nurturing this turnaround extends beyond lofty governmental and corporate initiatives. Creating a new course and building momentum rests squarely on the shoulders of us as individuals.
The trend for 2011 career success likely will be founded on effective career plan execution. Think about what that means, though. Executing a plan, an idea or a project is not just seamlessly rolling out a red carpet after it’s been woven. A plan is a pattern, and execution is the intricate weaving together of the threads of that pattern to create that red-carpet result.
“Planning is intellectual fun, with no responsibilities. Execution is all about work and there’s lots of responsibility.”
As a careerist in job search you may relate to the invigorating aspect of ramping up a strategic career plan. You comb through books, you read dozens of career experts’ articles and/or you hire a career coach and resume strategist to help you plot out your next career steps. Step by step, milestone marker by milestone marker you begin maneuvering, becoming increasingly jazzed about the possibilities. This is a good thing, as you are accruing positive energy that will fuel your initiative to move forward with and execute the plan.
Surround Yourself With a Career Support Team
Because of the complexity and unending nature of strategic career plan execution, even moreso now than ever before, the trend for careerists is to create and sustain your career consortium of career strategists and coaches, career mentors, career accountability partners and career colleagues necessary to support you and promote your evolving story toward competing with, or even better, outperforming the competition.
Members of your career team will not only partner with you to build that plan, but they will hold you accountable for execution. They will urge, guide and shepherd you through the career facilitation maze that relies on intellect, online and offline resources to drive you to your destination.
Realize, too, that execution, in addition to being ongoing and never ending, also is a mix of both planning and execution. According to Bock:
“Recognize that the planning doesn’t end when you produce the plan. Adaptation in the face of reality completes the plan.”
Bock describes the production of a plan as a victory, while also asserting that, “execution never ends.”
This, I believe is key to effective career management in 2011 and beyond –- continuous execution of both small- and large-scale career plans, depending upon your situation, the change you personally are undergoing in your career, or the changes in the economic and business climate in which you subsist. As well, realize that your career is a living, breathing organism that must be continuously fed, nurtured and exercised, for career eternity. You must continually execute!
The trend for careerists to tap online and social media resources, venues and tools will continue. The online aspects of job search will no longer be considered an option, but a requirement. Google yourself — if you cannot be found, then you simply don’t exist. It’s time, in 2011, to change that! You must be visible; you must promote; you must engage.
Check Out These Career Tools and Resources
The good news is you have a plethora of resources and tools to help propel you and your career goals to new heights and to assist you, and your career team, in the career sustainability process.
Following are websites to support you as you devise your career search plans and strategies, research companies and potential job opportunities and look for social media platforms to share your evolving career resume stories. Hopefully these sites will help you not only in the planning and execution stages of job search, but throughout your career lifetime.
Social Media Sites (Where You Should Publish Your Career Story)
Research Sites (Where You Can Look Into Prospective Companies, Discover Your Job Search Target and/or Equip Yourself for Interviews)
Professional Resume Writer and Career Coach Sites (These directories list folks who are paid to keep abreast of current career trends. Heed the adage, you get what you pay for, and invest in yourself this way — it may not only be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job, but also may be the key to cinching the dream job of a lifetime.)
Job Boards and Sites
Career and Leadership Website and Blogging Hubs That Collect the Best of the Best Career Advice
A Few Value-add Sites (many of these also are listed on my blogroll)
Bottom Line Trend for 2011: To continue the career rebuilding process with accountability and possibility. Many folks, whether entrepreneurs or careerists employed by a company have experienced the impact of the economic crash. Whether you’ve been downsized, laid off, let go, reorganized and refit into a new role or have seen your role balloon to twice the size it once was in order to absorb the duties of your laid off colleague, you can turn your situation around, starting today.
It may feel that you are constantly doing more with less, so reach out and engage the people and the tools to lighten the load in ways you didn’t ever expect. Realize your new potential in a new world!
Please read what my colleagues wrote:
Social Media Recruiting to Grow Further in 2011, @debrawheatman
Another Year, Another Job Search Begins, @GayleHoward
4 Lessons Learned From Job Search in 2010, @Careersherpa
Your Career Action Plan for the New Year, @KatCareerGal
Trends Job Seekers Should Look For in 2011, @erinkennedycprw
Things Every Job Seeker Should be Thinking About in 2011, @expatcoachmegan
Let your presence be known or send out a red flag, @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes
How to find a job in 2011: Pay attention to emotional intelligence, @Keppie_Careers
2011 Employment Trends Supercharged with Twitter, @KCCareerCoach
3 Traits for Facing Weather, Employment and Chronic Illness, @WorkWithIllness
Everything old is new again @DawnBugni
Career Trend 2011: Accountability + Possibility = Sustainability, @ValueIntoWords
Career Tools to Check Out in 2011, @barbarasafani
What Was in 2010, What To Expect in 2011, @chandlee
The Future of Job Search: 3 Predictions and 2 Wishes, @JobHuntOrg