Your friends are probably great, but now that we have your attention – let’s talk about your professional friends. For instance – do you have any? Across every industry, the importance of professional connections remains the same. Whether you work for a trendy tech startup, or for an established corporate giant, it’s always going to be about who you know. The relationships you build throughout your career have the potential to carry you all the way to the top of your field – and faster than with hard skills alone. Think about where you want to be in five years. Now think about where you want to be in ten years – or even twenty years. If at any point in your timeline you see yourself in a position better than your current role, it’s time to think about how you’re going to get there. So if you’re spending your time hiding behind a monitor for 8 hours a day, we have three reasons you should visit the water cooler more often (so to speak). Keep reading for 3 ways building professional relationships can lead to a promotion or better career opportunities. Continue reading “3 Ways Networking Can Lead to Promotion”
“It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” – Denis Waitley
You have the right skills, extensive professional experience, and a completed project list that could fill several pages. What’s really stopping you from getting the most out of your career every day? That little voice inside your head could be your biggest fan – but most times it’s our toughest critic. These criticisms often lead us into what we refer to as career traps. With over 59 million hits on Google, it’s clear that “career trap” is not only a real thing but also a widely discussed topic in the professional environment. Authors from major publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today have all weighed in with their insight on this trending topic of career interest, but our favorite comes from author Sarah Canaday. In her article “Common Career Traps of Top Performers,” she concisely explains 4 career traps most professionals face at some point during their career and offers quick bullet points of ways to avoid each trap. These articles tackling this complex and frequently-experienced phenomenon, specifically from Canaday, inspired us to offer our own take on the subject. Keep reading for what career traps to look out for and ways to avoid them. Continue reading “3 Major Career Traps & How to Avoid Them”
Whether you’ve been with your current employer for one year, five years, or 20 years, the assumption that passively looking for new career opportunities is somehow disloyal is arguably very outdated. In fact, we find a large percentage of our talent users consider themselves “passive job seekers,” meaning they are open to new career opportunities, but they aren’t actively searching for and applying to new positions. In this personal anecdote from The Muse, Caribou Honig, founding partner of QED Investors, writes that job security can’t be guaranteed and that this sort of job security can’t depend on company size or reputation, but only on your personal, “marketable skills” and “passion to deliver results.” Keeping an ear to the “job market” ground isn’t out of disloyalty to your current employer, but out of respect for yourself as a talented professional.
If you’re interested in continuing your job search, keep reading for the 3 reasons you should be open to new job offers and opportunities as a passive job seeker. Who knows – Maybe the grass really is greener on the other side.
We know how talented you are – but are you really making the most out of your skill listing on Skillgigs?
Whether you’re part of our awesome (and growing) talent squad using Skillgigs to browse new opportunities every day, you’re new to the tech industry and curious about which skills to invest your time, or if you’re not* on Skillgigs and trying to figure out what skill-set can impact your application positively during your job-search, we want to give you the insider look at our 7 most-searched technical skills on our platform. (*If you’re not on Skillgigs already – what are you waiting for?!! – Sign up today!)
Read more to about what high-demand skills of yours are most searched! Continue reading “The 7 Most-Searched Technical Skills”