It used to be commonly accepted knowledge that academia and LinkedIn do not play nicely together. But those days are gone. While even academics need to get with LinkedIn, it is a MUST for all alt-acs to be on LinkedIn. Here’s the top 3 reasons why, and some resources to get you started.
Academics, especially, get really hung up on the idea that moving vertically – and that the right job *title* and the more *money* that comes along with that equals success. And I’m here to tell you that I know plenty of folks who have moved laterally – sometimes even for slightly less pay – just to be able to try something new and break into an area that is much more engaging for them. Success looks different for different people.
Yesterday, I posted about something you can and should do when exploring a new career: an informational interview. But that post only covered how to schedule the interview. You still need to know what to ask during an informational interview. So let’s get started. Why do an Informational Interview? This is a low-stakes way for you to meet someone in a different career, explore how they got into that work, and get a snapshot of a typical workday. In other words, the point of an informational interview is to give you more data points on whether it might be a career that suits you and warrants more exploration.
It’s Monday, so I’m guessing you’re as braindead as I am. But when you’re job hunting or career planning, you still need to be working on your career, even when you don’t feel like it. So it’s a good day to take on something easy, like brainstorming. Brainstorming is a good way to make use of your time on days when you’re feeling sluggish or caffeine-dependent. Like, say, Mondays. How Brainstorming Can Benefit Your Career Career brainstorming can help you no matter what career stage you’re in. When you’re looking for your first job or considering a career change, brainstorming can uncover new job families to explore. And when you’re in a career but feeling stuck at your current level, it can help you find professional development options you might need to consider in order to advance. Or when you’ve found a job you’d like to apply for, it can help you figure out how to identify and describe your transferable skills on your resume. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite career brainstorming tools.