We all have some sort of style that we feel most comfortable with. Thumbing through the newest issue of House Beautiful, I was drawn to their predictions of what will be Hot in 2010. What's old is new again…remember the 70's shag carpet or what about the muted beige's of the 80's? Perhaps it is Victorian that tickles your fancy, or maybe "Mid century". Do you prefer Arne Jacobson or Louis XVI?
The new, younger designers were explaining what their new younger clients are looking for in home decorating. It isn't new, but it is usually the opposite of what their parents had.
Transitioning into job search mode…are you using your parent's job search techniques?
What is your style, what do you feel most comfortable doing? This basic assessment of yourself will help you find the best fit.
Antique: Do you prefer the old traditional resume submission?
Modern: Are you on the cutting edge and looking for the newest technology and innovative job search methods?
Or are you somewhere in between?
It may be time for a makeover?
It could be a search makeover, a skill makeover, an appearance makeover, a career makeover. Just as re-modeling a kitchen will add value to your home, so too, will re-modeling yourself professional add value to you.
Where do you begin? You will need to find out what the current styles are for the types of employers you are looking for. Conduct research and ask for advice.
You need to look the part as well. Do you? Are your eye glasses in tune with the style of the company or are you still wearing the horn-rimmed glasses?
How are you being perceived in the job market? Is it working?
If not, you need a make-over or re-design. Sometimes you can do this yourself, other times, you need to hire a professional.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.