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Where Will Jobs Be in 2020
A recent report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the U.S. will add roughly 20 million new jobs by the year 2020 – a nearly 14% annual rate of growth in new jobs over the next decade. Given a historic growth rate of 6% over the last century, 14% is an astounding number. However, just a handful of job sectors will account for more than 50% of all new jobs created. Estimates indicate that careers in healthcare, construction, professional and business services, and social assistance alone will account for over 10 million of the 20 million news job created.
In addition to 20 million new job openings, another 30 million jobs will be created over the same period as workers retire and leave the labor force. MORE
Exactly How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile
to Get More Job Offers
One of these things can boost your chances of getting hired by 30%
by Pete Davies at fastcompany.com
Not all roads lead to the perfect career. That’s why it’s called a career journey, with twists and turns and likely many lessons learned along the way. How you embraced the journey is what matters to potential employers: the skill sets you’ve developed, how you’ve navigated change and overcome challenges.
Your LinkedIn profile serves as a digital and visual representation of this journey and your unique personal brand. MORE
Finding Work Later in Life
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
The new year gives you a clean sheet for your job search
As an older job seeker who hasn’t been on a job hunt lately, it’s understandable that you don’t remember much about what works best and how to go about it.
Well, it’s a new year and time for new beginnings. This is an excellent time to wipe the slate clean of all your previously-held bad habits. Note: Don’t wipe your contacts and target companies clean. You still very much need them.
At the start of the new year, the time is perfect to establish some goals for yourself and your job search. Never fear. This is not rocket science. But it is a good practice to take a few minutes to reflect and write things down.
The first thing to keep in mind is to keep your goals realistic and attainable. You’re not kidding anyone but yourself when you say that you want make 100 new job contacts a week. Realistically, ten new contacts a week is a goal that you’re much more likely to reach.
Slice and dice is also a good method. Making new contacts, writing letters, informational interviews, attending networking events. These are all essential components of your job search that you easily can track.
The time frames for your goals are mostly a personal thing. Some people like to track things by the week, some by the month, some daily. Whatever works for you. And not all your goals need to be for the same duration. You can track new contacts by the week and networking events by month. It all works.
Last, don’t get discouraged if you miss couple of targets. It’s going to happen. But if you’re missing too many, maybe your goals are unrealistic or maybe you need to re-examine your approach.
Establishing goals can be beneficial in many areas of your life – but especially in your job search. And the beginning of a new year is an excellent time to start.