Stay sharp so you can move ahead
WESTON, MA - If you think that years of industry experience, glowing references, and a stellar resume are enough to help you land your next job, think again. Whether you're employed and casually looking for other opportunities, or unemployed and anxiously trying to land a job, you must spend time each week learning and keeping your skills sharp.
Sounds easy, right? Well, you'd be surprised at how few people recognize the value of informal learning. This includes reading trade publications and industry-specific magazines, active networking, participating in listservs and user groups, and attending seminars and events.
It's not enough to rely on employers for training. In a ferociously competitive job market, you need to pay special attention to your own career development. Each week, you should spend at least a few hours reading about your industry, researching new trends and emerging technologies, and learning what it will take to manage your career more effectively. It should become as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth or going to the gym.