When times are hard, we start looking for creative ways to increase our income. Getting a second job or starting your own business may be part of your plan, but you may be surprised to know that you already have the skills that command an increase in the marketplace.
We just have to learn to market ourselves better in order to reveal and properly express those additional skills.
If you have been gainfully employed for several years, your job duties have probably changed over the years. Even though your title and pay may not reflect your more recently acquired skills, you need to keep them in mind as you advance your career.
There’s something about our human nature that causes us to be biased against ourselves. If you are not mindful of which filters you are using to judge and make decisions, you maybe closing your own career advancement door before anyone closes it for you.
We have a tendency to under estimating our abilities, which can be a hindrance when we are trying to find employment opportunities.
In order to stay in tune with the job market and how your career advancement is fairing…
1. Take advantage of your free time by volunteering in a place where you can use a different set of skills. You will be surprised at what you might discover about yourself. When I started Life Then Finance I hadn’t considered the amount of technical skills, strategy and marketing involved in increasing visibility to my site. I quickly discovered that I liked interacting with people, I get fulfillment from teaching others, and I enjoy discovering software, building websites, Internet marketing and social media.
2. Check the salary tracker every year to see what your skillset and experience are worth in today’s market. This may also surprise you.
3. Take your resume for a test drive. Does it still get you interviews, what are prospective employers offering you? If it’s not up to par, revamp it, or have an expert resume writer do so for you. Building a career in your chosen profession is fulfilling when you know you have plenty of opportunities and you are able to choose the best fit for you.[/emember_protected]