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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Introverted Jobs for Introverted People

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The sounds of silence. Aren’t they wonderfully soothing? Let’s hear it for the sweet sound of silence. Last week, we checked out the top jobs for loud extroverts. But what about the quiet corner? Here are some picks for the more introverted of the lot.

Many companies tout all of the social aspects and supposed perks of working with them. To some, these activities might as well as be nightmares: lots of new people, lots of activity, etc. For those who prefer their own company or more subdued surroundings with a few friends, there are plenty of positions and companies out there that promote peace and quiet and offer an environment where strong focused work and creativity can flourish.

Writer

What: As a writer, you create content and copy for a variety of mediums: ads, blogs, scripts, magazines, emails, books, and more. You need to possess research skills and also might edit and organize copy.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, or Journalism

Location: Remote, telecommuting, and in-office are all possible situations. Travel may be required to interview or to perform research.

 

Computer Programmer

What: Implement various designs that have been coded by software engineers as well as developers. Act as a QA tester for these programs too.

Education: Associate’s Degree; Bachelors of Science in Computer Science; knowledge of programming languages.

Location: Telecommuting and in-office situations.

 

Accountant

What: Accountants manage financial statements and reports. You can specialize in certain industries or services.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; a few additional certifications.

Location: Telecommuting, in-office, with travel to specific client offices.

 

Drafter

What: In this job, you take the designs of engineers and architects and convert them into technical drawings. You employ software to make the most detailed and accurate depictions you can.

Education: Associate’s degree; technical school training.

Location: Usually in-office with the engineers and architects; in the field with these same individuals.

 

Lab Technician

What: Analyze bodily fluids with tests and procedures. You might specialize in bacteria, blood, or the immune system. Goal is to find treatment for these abnormalities.

Education: Associate’s degree; more often a Bachelor’s degree is required; specific licensing is also needed.

Location: Hospital setting or lab.

 

Market Research Analyst

What: Perform research about consumer opinions on products and present this data and analysis in graphs, charts, etc. Your goal is to offer insight to companies and the marketplace.

Education: Bachelor’s degree along with analytical skills.

Location: Act as a consultant, so you work independently for many companies – remote or in-office settings would be common.

 

Introvert or Extrovert…We’ve Got You Covered

Creative Talent Management has a variety of  talent offerings available for a variety of personalities and skill levels. Your next opportunity is closer than you think. Get started today by calling one of our experienced recruiters at 800.338.4327.

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Top Technology Jobs for Extroverts

tech, technology industry, jobs, Young businessman pressing modern technology panel with finger pBlend your outgoing group-loving personality with the perfect career.

First off, a lot of technology jobs get a bad rap. Some people believe that these techie positions are just lonely people drudging along in their own little space and little world. To those who thrive on interaction and feed off other people’s energy, a job that functions like this is a nightmare!

But the technology industry has a variety of jobs available that don’t involve becoming a hermit. Many positions require strong communication skills, like public speaking, networking, and writing.

Here are some technology positions to consider when you like hanging, but when you also possess certain creative or leadership skills usually associated with more introverted careers.

1) Web developer

The Job: As a web developer, you will be responsible for designing and building visually-appealing websites. You need to be able to create sites that keep people interested and keep people clicking through pages. To create just the right site, you will communicate with clients about specific goals, needs, and ambitions regarding the purpose of the material that will be presented on the site.

Approximate Compensation: $64,000 per year

2) Help desk technician

The Job: Be the source of knowledge when people need technology help. Communication and people skills come in handy when you are dealing with others via phone or meeting them in person. Help out those in need with issues they might be having with a variety of mobile devices, computers, and other online programs and software.

Approximate Compensation: $50,000 per year

3) User experience (UX) designer

The Job: UX designers help make sure the end product for users does exactly what was intended. This job does involve plenty of screen time. But you also have to be a team player and work with others during development. You’ll do research, meet with clients, and plan out how best to approach and target the design.

Approximate Compensation: $70,000 per year

4) Digital marketer

The Job: Promote products and services as a digital marketer. Work in a positive atmosphere with various clients, exploring marketing from the customer and seller viewpoints. It is all about analyzing data and figuring out the right channels to work in for various products and ideas.

Approximate Compensation: $45,000 per year

5) Technical writer

The Job: Instead of coding, as many people might do in the tech industry, technical writers express similar technical jargon in words. You will get to interview subject matter experts and create manuals and instructional brochures for a variety of subjects. Writing is often introverted; but technical writing involves collaboration.

Approximate Compensation: $70,000 per year

6) IT project manager

The Job: Take charge of projects and lead the way in planning and management. Extroverts in this position get to engage and communicate with a variety of levels of personnel. Help lead projects to successful completion.

Approximate Compensation: $84,000 per year

7) Tech recruiter

The Job: Help others achieve their tech industry goals in the position of tech recruiter. Be conversation-savvy, interact with others, and be outgoing. Tech recruiters need some coding knowledge too. The main skill though is the ability to hold tech conversations and figure out who has the stuff to be hired and who does not.

Approximate Compensation: $48,000 per year

Ready to Make the Move?

Creative Talent Management would love to meet you and your gregarious personality. CTM has numerous technology and creative positions available for you to apply for. Your next opportunity is closer than you think. We are your source for expert talent managers. Get started today by calling one of our experienced recruiters at 800.338.4327.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

 

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