Making a career change can be a bit daunting. Whether you are looking to make a complete shift, take on new responsibility or just find a better fit at another company, the decision is always a big one. Most would be smart to do research or consult with others they trust in their field. While not everyone is lucky enough to find a real-deal mentor to guide them through the many stages of their career, there are other resources to help. The following book recommendations can help as you transition. Whatever your motivation, this list provides guidance for most all types of career changes. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger This classic guides both new and midlife jobseekers alike. Using a Myers-Briggs type of personality assessment, Do What You Are examines how you make decisions, process information and interact with others to identify your ideal careers options. It also offers workbook exercises and real-life examples to underscore strengths and weaknesses of the 16 personality types demonstrated in the book, as well as how to tailor your career search to these strengths. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore A less formal assessment than Do What You Are, The Pathfinder focuses more on the personal. Written for both recent graduates and seasoned professionals alike, the author directs readers in assessing their talents through […]
Deciding to leave a job and move on to a new position can be a major step in your career. But how do you know when it’s time to make that move and begin looking for your next opportunity? There are many reasons to make a career move. Often, moving up the career ladder is a main driver, and a move may be the best or only way to accomplish that. Likewise, sometimes “up” isn’t the only way to move your career. Sometimes, a lateral move is just as valuable. No matter the destination, ask yourself these six questions when determining if it might be time for you to make your next move. Are you passionate? Examine the overall work you do. Do you have enthusiasm for it? While there are a number of outside factors that can affect how you feel about a particular job, having a passion for your chosen career is imperative to your overall success and happiness. If that’s not the case, you may consider making a pivot in your career path. What is your day-to-day? While passion for your work is important, the details of your daily responsibilities can ultimately determine your fit within a role or organization. If you despise the daily nitty gritty tasks, you will likely dislike the job as well. Despite excitement for your industry, if you’re regularly fulfilling duties you loathe, the role is likely not a fit for you. Is there upward mobility? What are your […]
Most job listings come with a list of skills and experience required for the role, giving the applicant an idea of what would be needed to perform in that position. Technical ability aside, however, recruiters are often keeping an eye out for soft skills that would make you the perfect fit for the role. Not only are they looking for someone to fill a current vacancy, but any good recruiter is seeking a candidate who has the potential to develop their career within the organization. Below are the top personality traits recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in a candidate – as well as how to demonstrate them in an interview: #1: Steps Out Of The Comfort Zone. When looking for the right fit long-term, hiring managers often look for someone who can perform many functions and who aren’t hesitant to expand for the good of the team, as these are the people most likely to carve out new opportunities for themselves within the organization. This will be best demonstrated in examples you give in your interview responses, as well as your follow-up after the interview. #2: Professionalism. Obvious, right? Well, you’d be surprised by some candidates who tend to veer off the professional course. When in doubt, err on the side of conservative. While you can and should be friendly, stick to appropriate topics of conversation while going through the interview process. The interviewer will likely be making mental notes about how you dress, whether you arrive on […]
The New Year is officially here, and with it comes resolutions and grand plans galore. With that, hiring managers are largely looking ahead to new hires for the upcoming year. Consider these trends for hiring in 2017. Increased Hiring According to the report by LinkedIn, “Global Recruiting Trends 2017,” the majority of recruiters expect their hiring volume to increase over 2017, with operations and engineering being two of the top roles for which hiring managers are recruiting. Of course, this does mean increased work for recruiters and hiring managers, but luckily, candidates will be actively pursuing new opportunities. 2. Tech Professionals on the Move A favorable job market has many technology pros taking advantage and considering new opportunities. While many factors may be driving professionals’ desire for change, a recent survey by IT software company, Spiceworks, cited advancing technology skills, working for an organization that prioritized technology and working with a talented IT team as some of the top reasons for considering a career move. 3. More Temporary IT Staff Just as full-time hiring will increase, so will temporary hiring for technology positions. With approximately 80 percent of workers currently being full-time to 20 percent contingent, this ratio should only be expected to shift slightly, if at all, toward temporary hires. Rather, temporary staffing will increase in tandem with full-time staffing needs. 4. Automation in Recruiting With an increased applicant pool, as well as growing staffing needs, recruiters and hiring managers will be pressed to streamline […]
When you have great food, wine and entertainment combining for one special summer night to benefit Easter Seals, we’d say that’s bringing the best together. No wonder ISG is proud to support Wines & Polo on the Prairie, a fundraising event in the Peoria area that’s entering its 15th year on Saturday, June 20th. Wines & Polo on the Prairie features gourmet food from local restaurants, wines to sample from around the world and world-class style polo matches. But the real reason we’re here at ISG? It’s because of the cause and mission at Easter Seals we deeply believe in. Easter Seals focuses on identifying developmental delays in children earlier through the collaborate efforts of physicians, therapists and staff. Their dedication is simply unparalleled. In this year alone, over 30,000 hours of specialized pediatric therapy will be devoted to serving over 4,500 children between birth and 21 years old. How can you get involved if you’re not able to attend the event? It’s simple. Take just a few minutes and head to www.KidsTherapyProgress.com, where you’ll click on the “DONATE” button in the top right corner. The donation you make today could come at a crucial window of opportunity in a child’s development. So join ISG and Easter Seals to help ensure more children with disabilities can live, learn, work and play on their terms.