Preparing for Career Opportunities

There are several bright spots in today’s job market. Overall, the U.S. added 2.45 million jobs for 2015. According to a survey published last fall by Michigan State University, employers expect to hire 15 percent more college graduates in the 2015-2016 academic year. Based on the survey and Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following fields will offer the greatest hiring opportunities: construction; education (pre-K through grade 12); financial and insurance services; aerospace, automotive, truck and defense-related industries; truck transportation; Internet services; accounting; and computer services.

Whether you have a student graduating soon or may be contemplating your own career move, here are a few tips to make the most of today’s promising market.

Build an online brand. Since a 2015 Harris poll reported 52 percent of employers research candidates on social network sites, use Reppler.com to see how you look to others. Ensure you project a positive, well-rounded personality and demonstrate solid, polished communication skills. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want a potential employer viewing. Change your settings to keep old posts from showing on your timeline. Lock down your friends’ list. Untag yourself from selfies. Restrict who posts on your timeline and enable Timeline Review so you can review posts friends tag you in. Be sure to create a strong LinkedIn profile with a professional photo and quality content.

Grow your network. According to the Ladders, having an existing employee refer you increases your odds of getting an interview 10 times. So build your network. Join LinkedIn groups related to your industry. Connect with college alumni, faculty and former internship supervisors. And meet people in person. Join professional organizations, volunteer, attend networking events and go to job fairs.

Craft your resume. Finally, remember one resume is not enough. It’s important to tailor your resume to fit specific job listings (particularly the career objective), incorporating keywords from job descriptions. When possible, quantify achievements in academic coursework, extracurricular activities and work experiences.

With the average person changing jobs 10 to 15 times during his or her career, it’s wise to be prepared for opportunities that may arise by implementing these measures now. From college funding to financial education to family conversations about estate planning, we’re here to help you and your loved ones pursue financial security. If you have questions or concerns, please call Jordan Dechtman, Denver wealth manager at 303-741-9772, email him at Jordan@JordanDechtman.com or visit our website www.JordanDechtman.com to schedule an appointment.