Evaluate the Job Market

Evaluate the Job Market

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It is important to take the time to evaluate the job market. Knowing the market and its trends and help you find job success.

Look at your target market

If you have a target field or job that you want to do, then evaluate the specific market for that field.  Look at professional journals, articles, gather information, network with people in the field in order to find out who is hiring, what jobs are “hot”, and whether the industry as a whole is expanding on contracting.  Once you know what your target job market is doing, you can make it a point to get the skills the employers in your field desire.

Look at the market generally

Other times you may not have a target job in mind.  Look at the market generally.  You can look at the Bureau of Labor statistics web site which has information on occupation, outlook, earnings, etc. for a variety of occupations. Target a specific occupation that is on the rise, looks to stay strong over the next decade and shows a great amount of growth.

In addition, you may want to gather information on your local job market.  Who is hiring in your city?  What industries have the greatest growth in your area?  Some people like to join a professional organization, network, talk to people, and gather first-hand information on the local market.  Go and talk to a few employers to see who they are hiring and what skills they need.  This will allow you to prepare with the skill set employers need in hiring.

Use the market information you found

Once you know the job market, here are a few strategies to use the information you have found.

  • First, consider what jobs you would enjoy doing in job areas where there is expected to be growth.
  • Second, get the skills needed to work in areas of strong growth.
  • Third, let employers in your target job market know you are interested in work.
  • Fourth, continue to hone your skills to stay up to date as the market changes.

As you evaluate the job market and do what it takes to be prepared to land a job in an area of high demand, you can ensure that you and your skills will be in demand in the marketplace.


Create a good reputation

Create a good reputation


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There are many ways to create a good reputation.  Your actions will speak for themselves so let others know what you can do and how you can do it. Here are a few basic guidelines to consider so you can manage your reputation.

  • Keep your word.

If you say that you will do something, then you need to do it.  When you do this you become known as a person who gets things done, does what they say they will do, and is reliable and dependable.  These are the things you want to be known for.

  • Help others.

Take the time to help others.  This helps you develop a strong rapport and bond with your coworkers, lets them know you care about their work as well as your own, and sends the message that you are a team player willing to pitch in to help out.

  • Set high standards.

Set high standards for yourself and others in the workplace. Become known as the person who does things right, who goes above and beyond what is required, and who performs high quality work. Your work will speak for itself when you do it with high standards.

  • Do more than is expected.

Go beyond the minimum requirements for the job.  If you are always on the low end, just passing the minimum, then you will be known as someone who scraps by.  On the other hand, if you are always doing more than is required you will become known as the person who is thorough, reliable, and willing to do what it takes to ensure that things are done well.

  • Mentor Others.

Be a role model to others.  Help others achieve their career goals through your example, informal coaching, and assistance to help others follow you on your path up the career ladder.  As you  provide a role model for others, many will come to see you as a leader in your field, organization, and community.

  • Be community minded.

Look for ways to volunteer, help your community, and help those in need. This shows a commitment to the community as a whole and not just your own self interests.

As you can see, there are many ways to create a good reputation. Do what it takes to create a top reputation and your reputation will proceed you in the workplace.

Job Interview Tips!

Job Interview Tips


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Job interview tips will help you get you started in your preparations for the interview.  Be  well prepared for an interview. Preparation begins well before the interview.  Take the time to research the company, find out more about it, and prepare a list of questions to learn more about the company during the interview.  Also, take the time to research the specific job so that you know how it fits in with the rest of the organization. Do your homework so that any questions you ask are based on what you already know and what you still need to know.

When it is time for the interview, make sure you get there early, dress for success, and stay confident.  The interview is a good chance to make a positive first  impression that will impact how you are evaluated.

Once you are in the interview, respond to questions, ask questions, and try to develop a  good rapport with the person conducting the interview.  Conclude the interview in a personal manner.

Research common interview questions and prepare to respond to these common questions.  Go to the interview dressed for success, prepared and then ask questions, sell yourself,  be confident, and make good first impression.  Ace that interview.

Resources to Prepare for the Interview

Here are some resources to help you prepare well for a job interview

As you apply these job interview tips you will find that you are more confident to go into the interview because you are better prepared and know what to anticipate.


Prepare for Retirement: Ways to downsize to a part time job

Prepare for Retirement

Ways to downsize to a part time job

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Prepare for retirement and look for ways to downsize to a part time job.  Having a good plan now can make all the difference when it comes time to face retirement. Follow these web links to review ways you can personally prepare to retire.

Part of your retirement plan may be to downsize your job and work a part time job for a few years as a semi-retired person. This can keep you busy and interested and also keep a good income stream coming in.  Consider what will work best for you and your situation. Here are a few web links with information  about a retirement job.

As you can see, all it takes is a little planning to prepare for retirement and look for ways to downsize to a part time job.  Plan now so that you are prepared for the day you want or need to retire.