“The things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
No sooner did the Bureau of Labor Statistics release the September jobs report at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, than my voicemail and email began getting flooded, mostly with expressions of concern, worry and even shock.
I’ll bet you saw today’s headline and figured you’d be getting one of those lists about which majors to choose in college — based on earnings potential — or which fields to transition into for the same reason. You know: “Ten Highest Paying Occupations” or “Where the Wages Are” (I actually saw that cheesy one recently).
If you’re getting all tied up in a knot because you think robots are going to take your job, calm down, take a deep breath, have a drink or do whatever you need to do to regain control. Now read on.
Let’s try an experiment. For a moment, let’s remove the following sections from your resume: summary, skills/expertise, selected accomplishments, work history, education (degrees) and community involvement. Now, how strong is your resume?
As true as the next statement always has been, it has never been more pressing.
When I submitted my recent column “Why is everything either amazing or awesome?” in which I ranted that two adjectives, amazing and awesome, now represent the extent of many people’s ability or effort to communicate and that there are career consequences attached to poor communication skills and practices, I was pretty sure I’d made a strong point.
An open letter to college juniors and seniors (and the parents of):
Saturday marked the 146th anniversary of the birth of Orville Wright. Yes, that Orville Wright, the younger brother of Wilbur. Yes, those Wright brothers, two men who changed the world and the history of it — no wait, the future of it — as dramatically, if not more, as anyone ever did.