Whether we realize it or not, the workplace is constantly changing. Jobs that used to exist 10 years ago, or even five years ago, may not exist today. In the same respect, some jobs that exist today will probably be eliminated in the future, notes the team at Chic Resumes. Companies are always looking for ways to drive forward their business, which often translates to shifting of responsibilities. Employees are expected to have a wider scope of skills, or more refined skills, and those that do not risk being passed over. So what can job seekers do to make themselves more marketable?
Have a forward-thinking attitude and stay up-to-date in the industry. A recent article on Mashable sheds light on new jobs that are predicted to emerge in the future. Each of these jobs builds on advancements in various industries and the ways in which people’s needs are changing. Taking professional development courses, attending conferences and seminars, and reading industry publications can help people to stay up-to-date on their skills and the changes that are occurring in their field. Employers look favorably upon candidates who show the drive and dedication to continually improving themselves and their abilities.
Learn new technology. This includes not only devices, but software as well. Think about where careers in your industry are headed. Will understanding certain technologies improve your qualifications? Look for those which make you apt to be able to take on different roles. If the need should arise, you are able to assume new tasks instead of the company having to hire or train additional employees. This can set you apart from others because you are already one step ahead.
One area where technology is taking off is the medical field. Telemedicine is growing and according to the Mashable article, telesurgery is predicted to evolve in the future. This would require surgeons to not only have a strong medical background, but also understand this emerging technology that will allow them to work remotely to treat patients.
Hone analysis and problem-solving skills. Many of the jobs predicted for the future have an element of process improvement and streamlining operations. Companies are always looking for ways to enhance productivity and cut costs while remaining efficient. People who are able to look at situations from various perspectives and generate ideas on how to improve existing operations or create better ones will likely be in demand. Highlight these types of experiences on your resume to show that you have taken initiative and are able to drive change and make a meaningful difference.
Analysis also includes handling data. The ability to make sense of complex information is a powerful skill to have. This means taking data and determining what it means and how it can be used and then explaining it to others in a way that makes sense. For instance, a “healthcare navigator” is a predicted future job that entails explaining processes, procedures, and paperwork to patients as well as helping them to navigate medical situations and find the resources and information they need.
Capitalize on your abilities. Making the most of your skills and showing how they are transferable can set you apart from other candidates applying for the same position. If you are unsure about how your past experiences can drive you forward and prepare you for future careers, the team at Chic Resumes can help. We can help you highlight your best assets and make a strong impression. Contact us today at (803) 831-7444 or email email@example.com. It’s never too soon to start preparing for your future.
Amanda E. Clark founded Grammar Chic in 2008. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and holds degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and English. She launched Grammar Chic after freelancing for several years while simultaneously leading marketing and advertising initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies.