If you are over 25, you probably learned about career management from your friends or family. Find a good company, work hard, put in an honest day’s work, and your career will grow and evolve over your lifetime. You may change employers a couple of times during your 40+ years, but good people can always find a good-paying position.
Then the world changed, and the game changed, but nobody created a new “instruction book” for the millions who found themselves out of work and with little-to-no prospect of finding similar new employment.
That is where The Four Pillars of Employable Talent and Building Block Essentials come in. These two new books give insights into both halves of the employment equation: 1=What employers are looking for and 2=how you should present yourself to them.
The first half of managing your career today is to understand the new landscape of employment and what companies are looking for. That is a new way of defining talent and what attributes organizations are seeking. It is looking at and competing in an environment where the new norm is more people than positions. All of these are covered in Four Pillars. The goal of the book is to equip job seekers with the understanding of the competition and the key attributes that employers are seeking. Employers know that they are hiring today for tomorrow’s business needs which are not yet defined. But they need a knowledgeable and flexible workforce to adapt and thrive.
Do you own the Four Pillars of 1=Balance, 2=Resilience, 3=Career Strategic Plan, and have a 4= Active Financial Plan to navigate the future? Those that do will be able to thrive in this new environment.
Building Block Essentials provides the 12 steps you must go through before you start the search for your next opportunity. Those who are best prepared will demonstrate to potential employers that they understand the Four Pillars and are prepared to add value to an organization that must successfully navigate an uncertain and unpredictable future. One must demonstrate they are truly versatile, willing and able to make an immediate and long-term contribution.
As we re-learn how to manage our lifetime career goals and objectives, are we treating unplanned career transition and outplacement support as an event? Are we developing a new life skill of coping with an ever-changing environment of current and future employment? If we treat it as just a short-term event, we will continuously find ourselves left behind.
It is important to focus on the new life skill of your personal Career and Employment Management to remain a sought-after talent contributor. You and your career counselor can accomplish this goal only if you are willing to rethink and reframe what you learned earlier and understand the new paradigm of today’s career management.
Print versions available at employabletalent.com and e-versions on amazon.com by Dr. David Miles.
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