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Reasons to Job Hunt Even if You Aren’t Actually on the Hunt

Being more informed, career-wise is never a bad thing. Even if you aren’t quite ready to leave your current position, you should make sure you brush up on your interviewing and job-seeking skills.

Being happily employed is also nothing to sneeze at either. But that doesn’t mean that opportunities might not be available when you are not really looking for them. And you need to be open to these. They offer great opportunities to learn and improve interviewing skills and potential advancement paths.

Read on for three ways to be on the job hunt even if you are not actually on the hunt.

Assess Your Current Situation

You are probably pretty happy with your current situation, or at least you tolerate it. But take a look at your old job posting for your current position. Do you feel that you fulfill all the qualifications? Now find the same job posting from a competitor. Again, could you step into the same role at another company? Now find a job posting for a step up from your current position. Are you currently building your brand and qualifications to be a better more skilled professional?

Take those ever-important keywords in those job postings and use them to your advantage. When you know exactly what the next steps are in your career, it becomes easier to develop those skills and increases your networking chances and ability to pursue continuing professional development.

Keep Your Trajectory Always Going Up

While you have those comparable job postings available, ask yourself if this is where you intended to be at this point in your career. If you aren’t quite there yet, are you still on track to get there? You simply want your time to mean something. Your career is a big part of your life and you want every opportunity to help you get a step higher than you were before. If you think you are missing a skill, how can you learn more about it and add it to your resume?

Grow, Grow, Grow

Now grab that old job description again (the one for your current position). Assess your growth (or lack thereof). Have you grown in your position, in terms of responsibilities, salary, skills, etc.? This is a chance to sort of audit your current professional situation – whether you are happy or not.

Researching job postings might seem like only something to do when you are actively looking to change jobs. But the details included within them offer a plethora of information to help you assess growth potential in your job and to help you see exactly where to take your next professional step.

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Warning Signs: It’s Time to Leave Your Company

We all have those days when we just can’t stand our jobs. But usually, those days are outnumbered by a lot more productive, not-so-bad, and even fun days at work. But if you find yourself feeling this way all the time, it may be time to find a new job. So, how do you differentiate between temporary annoyance with and full on antipathy towards your company and your job?Turtle Hiding in Shell-scared-changing jobs

Changing Jobs isn’t as Passé as it Used to Be

Not too long ago, people routinely spent year after year after year at the same job. And this wasn’t necessarily a negative. Instead, it was just the relationship people had with their career. But times have changed. The corporate ladder today sometimes means climbing it at different companies.

But jumping ship, (or ladder, as it might be), is nonetheless a daunting prospect. It is often easier just to stay put rather than to go to a new and unfamiliar company.

Feeling like you hate your job, or have lost interest in it, or feeling as though you have reached your peak there may not clearly come to you as an epiphany. So, how do you know whether your feeling toward your job is just temporary or actually the start of a downward spiral?

Compare your emotions to our emotion gauge. This will tell you whether you need to move on or just keep movin’.

The Old Feeling of Dread

Dreading your job is not helping your job prospects nor is it helping your employer. Feeling anxious all the time simply isn’t healthy. And if you do indeed feel this way ALL THE TIME, then you need to realize that this isn’t normal.

Try to figure out when your dread lessens. If you need a vacation, or reason to leave the office in order to lessen your dread, your job is telling you it is time to say, “bye-bye.”

Personality Smersonality

Every job creates stress. But usually this stress waxes and wanes according to project completion, promotion, etc. But if your personality has shifted due to your job, and has done so into the negative, your friend list might start losing members. You should not let your job take over your ability to normally react to situations – both happy and stressful ones.

Evolution

Human beings evolve. We change and adapt to our surroundings. Sometimes we change more than what is around us, and sometimes it is the other way around. But what if your company seems to be changing, and leaving you behind? A job that conflicts with your priorities can drain you physically and emotionally. Think about your job that now requires you to travel much more. If you also value family and personal time, this is not sustainable behavior.

Also consider whether your company is innovative and open to change and new ideas. If you thrive on a flow of ideas like this, then your positive attitude toward your job will slowly be waning.

Ten Years…and Counting

As mentioned above, staying at one company for decades was a plus. In today’s workplace, your company probably wants fresh ideas galore, and sorry, your lengthy tenure might not be seen as a positive. (One really can’t win). This might be the mindset of the higher ups in your company. On your end, even if you were gearing up to leave for another position, are your interviewing and job searching skills up to snuff? And of course, consider that being happy where you are doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think of brushing up on these skills anyway.

The Old Glass Ceiling (or Steel Ceiling)

The ever so common career promotion limit – the point at which you can go no further (at least at your current company). A company that is not invested in you and in growing you as a member of their team is an all too telling sign – and not a positive one at that.

Of course, the stalled growth is not necessarily due to a lack of skills on your part. Your own personal desires for career advancement might simply need to be achieved elsewhere. Also, consider the trajectory (or lack thereof) of your salary. Seeking out a new position might very well bring in more money.

Ready to Jump Ship (or Ladder)?

Creative Talent Management offers top creative and design talent opportunities. Let CTM help you find our next great opportunity. It is closer than you think. Get started today by calling one of our experienced recruiters at 800.338.4327.

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Navigate the Job Search Process: Explore Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Advancing your career doesn’t happen in one day. But professionals in a variety of fields can improve their skills and knowledge by participating in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Through CPD, opportunities abound in a variety of channels. Learners set objectives for themselves (e.g. specific skills to be learned or practiced) and afterward participate in self-reflection of the progress they’ve made.

Advancement in your industry might require a myriad of skills. Some are concrete and visible actions, while others are more subjective. CPD offers opportunities to hone these skills whether they require more physical or mental capabilities.

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Soft and Hard Skills
It is no doubt easier to measure hard skills (physical tasks) over soft skills (e.g. time-management, creativity, etc.). But job performance improves with both kinds. The desire to broaden your horizons illustrates workplace adaptability. And the very notion of wanting to participate in CPD is itself an indication of workplace and skill growth potential.

Sharing is Caring
Volunteering might be an excellent CPD option for someone wishing to change careers. Donating your time can get you in the right places at the right times. Additionally, you could also be the individual offering up the CPD to others. Showing others the ropes is a great way to stay fresh yourself.

Go for the Freebies
Online learning has taken off the last few years. This means that professional development can be had off and online. Check out YouTube and udemy for free (and paid) courses in numerous fields and subjects.

Legit CPD
Independently-guided CPD might not quite be intensive enough for some learners. To help with this, formal CPD is offered through organizations, associations, and companies. Offering staff these opportunities gives employees a chance to build deeper professional-to-professional relationships and interactions.

All learning might be the same to some people. But formal CPD takes the usual rote approach to a new impactful level. The information gleaned from these interactions is immediately at a higher more usable level. Learners can see the information in action.

Did You Read that Somewhere?
Absorb the literature within your chosen field. Such information is often written by those right in the thick of the industry themselves. Consider publications, articles, trade journals, and news. Stay up to date with new business practices, innovative technologies, and the right skills to learn to put you at the top of the applicant pile.

Don’t Forget to Reflect
CPD is not just about absorbing a few bits of information from professionals. For CPD to truly be effective, the learner must be active throughout the entire process. Reflection is critical to successfully improving your skill and knowledge base. Use the exercise to grow, both career-wise, emotionally, mentally, and educationally.

Enhance Your Career with CPD
Use CPD to gain an edge in your field. Find a mentor, enroll in an online course (independently or through official channels), read, volunteer, research, and more to improve your knowledge base and skill set. Organize it yourself or seek out professional opportunities. Either way, become an active learner in your future endeavors. Reflect on the knowledge gained and use it to take you where you want to go.

Enhance Your Career with the Right Community of Professionals
Contact an experienced recruiter at 800.338.4327. Simplify and expedite your job search or posting process the moment you need it with Creative Talent Management.

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Snag that Promotion Today

handshake-business-promotionIt is human nature to always want a bit more (i.e. more money, higher social standing, better position or more responsibility). But wanting these is only part of the equation. You might even feel ungrateful because your current position isn’t really terrible, but you have an underlying feeling that where you currently are in your career isn’t quite enough.

You might have your eyes on a higher position or on another job. Regardless of your aspirations or perceived inadequacies in your job, consider the following tips to help you achieve that promotion.

Stay Positive
Thinking of rising above your current position while continuing your current workload is a daunting task. It sounds like a motivational speech; but it really is critical to maintain a positive outlook while in your current setting. Promotions don’t go to Debbie Downers. Constant frustration at work takes your mind off current performance and pulls you further back from successfully completing important projects.

Quick Put on a Happy Face Tip? Try calming yourself by taking a few moments to reflect—in the morning and then in the afternoon. Take some deep breaths or take a quick walk outside to clear your head.

Find Someone Who Actually Knows What they are Doing
Seek out someone in your own company (or through a friend at another company) who has gone through all these career-enlightening experiences before. You can find a mentor through both formal and informal avenues. Above all, seek out someone who likes, trusts and believes in you already, and who you can really talk freely with (i.e. not a stranger). Conversation runs both ways. A mentor needs to feel that he or she can offer up constructive criticism as well as helpful advice.

Quick Find an Expert Tip? When searching for a mentor, it is also helpful to seek out higher level professionals. People at higher levels have obviously been there longer which means they likely hold greater insight into the company overall.

Be Your Own Advocate
When you are on the path to a promotion, you need to be the one who is doing most of the pushing. Also, if you are the one behind a successful project, own up! It can be intimidating to step up, especially if someone else steals your thunder, but make sure you receive credit where credit is due.

Quick Get Yourself Noticed Tip? Track your projects and accomplishments. By specifically writing them down, you will be able to freely discuss them during promotion opportunities.

Do it for Free!
Well, maybe, not really work for free, but showing your desire to take on more responsibility illustrates to senior staff great potential. But of course, you probably already have plenty of actual paid work that fills up your time. Finding other projects to work on can help you develop other pertinent skills.

Quick Way to Volunteer Tip? Research potential volunteer opportunities within your own section as well as outside your department. Use these as chances to compare skills needed for these projects and compare with those currently utilized with existing projects.

Be a Never-Ending Learner
Improve your business know-how and show your employer you are serious about a promotion. Employers always want the most qualified individual to fill a position. Be that prime candidate by participating in a variety of learning outlets.

Quick Knowledge-Gaining Tip? Seek out seminars, conferences, and online courses to enhance understanding of your industry.

Ready to Snag?
Creative Talent Management has a range of open positions available right now. Your next opportunity is closer than you think. And your next promotion is even closer when you team up with CTM. Get started today by calling one of our experienced recruiters at 800.338.4327.

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Find Your Perfect Job and Perfect Snack Combination

foods that go togetherFinding your perfect job is no easy feat. Sorry to burst your bubble and not present you with a magical formula, but finding your perfect position takes effort on your part as well as some reflection. But there is a starting point.

You need to discover what you are truly passionate about and actually enjoy doing and will want to continue to do for quite some time. Also, think of your skill set. What are your strengths, weaknesses?

Take these seven questions below and use them to delve deeper into your dream job. You will probably discover some similarities and commonalities that will help guide you in the right direction. After you have discovered these insights, head over to CTM to get in touch with us.

1) What are my hobbies? What has always interested or fascinated me?

2) If money were no object, what would I do in life?

3. What gets me up and out and at ‘em in the morning?

4. According to others, what do they consider my strengths?

5. Do I agree with these as my strengths?

6. Are there any activities that I can do and lose track of time while doing them?

7. What are my goals in life? What do I want people to remember about me?

These questions might seem lofty and out of reach, but they are critical to getting to a personal understanding of your career interests and prospects. Now, you are ready to tackle that next great opportunity. Creative Talent Management is always ready to help you. Contact us today at 800.338.4327. Then grab a perfectly matched snack and explore our site to find what CTM can do for you.

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