Se­crets for the savvy job-hunter

An up­date of your re­sume with a new cer­tifi­cate or de­gree could be your key to fu­ture suc­cess

The Coast - Career Minded - - PAID CONTENT -

he dream” used to be: grad­u­ate, get the job, work at it for 30+ years, then re­tire. But just like ev­ery­thing else, dreams get up­dated, and sta­tis­tics say this par­tic­u­lar work­ing dream is a lit­tle out of date.

Af­ter sur­vey­ing 4,000 Cana­di­ans, Workopo­lis found that only 6 per­cent of peo­ple have held just a sin­gle job for their en­tire ca­reer, while 28 per­cent have gone through five to 10 dif­fer­ent jobs. You can blame it on the flak­i­ness of mil­len­ni­als or just on the fact that we live longer lives, but you should re­al­ize that, like your sweet puppy love at 16, you can’t ex­pect to hold your first job for­ever.

In to­day’s job mar­ket, evo­lu­tion is sur­vival. There is new tech­nol­ogy com­ing out ev­ery day, as well as new meth­ods for team build­ing. And nov­elty usu­ally means reeval­u­a­tion of team mem­bers for an em­ployer.

Do you have your un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree? A cer­tifi­cate? School isn’t ev­ery­thing, but the re­train­ing of skills is. If you’ve been stuck at the same job for 20+ years and have never branched out and up­dated your skills to suit the job mar­ket, you may be at risk if you, like 19 per­cent of peo­ple sur­veyed, were un­ex­pect­edly forced to make a ca­reer change.

This doesn’t mean quit­ting your sta­ble job, and it doesn’t even mean hav­ing to go out and look for a new one: Hav­ing a job is hav­ing a job, af­ter all. But we do know that stay­ing at a sin­gle job too long puts you at risk of hav­ing out­dated skills for the job mar­ket. So, up­date your skills to learn new ones, and be pre­pared for your next job even while work­ing for your cur­rent em­ployer.

It could mean the dif­fer­ence between get­ting forced out of your cur­rent job, and dis­cov­er­ing a new field you’re pas­sion­ate about (as hap­pens to 35 per­cent of Cana­di­ans). Your new dream job could be just a de­gree, a cer­tifi­cate or a few weeks of train­ing away.

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