How To Get Hired In 2019

Most career articles are boring and repetitive. I'm not going to waste your precious time with bland crap.
  1. Do something career-ish part-time. It really doesn't matter what you do. It matters that you're motivated enough to do it. Developing the habit of success on your own terms is a great way to increase your confidence and grow your skills. Start a business. Become a sales rep. Teach. Write. Make painted denim jean jackets. Etc.
  2. Stand for something. We live in a time when free speech, and consequently free thought, is under attack. Many people scrub their online presence to avoid offending anyone. Stop doing that. Instead, say what you think. Be yourself. (If you are an insane psychopath, don't do this.)
  3. Do something fun every week. I personally like to go to the movies. For me, it's a rare treat to actually sit in the theater, and now you can recline with your feet up. Do you like nature? Go to the park. How about a nice gel manicure? Enjoy it. People who do fun things are people with a happy disposition. Hiring managers like to have happy people around.
  4. Connect emotionally. This isn't the same as having fun. It's about engaging on a human level with the world. Could mean you have a heart-to-heart talk with a loved one. Or maybe you volunteer at a nursing home. Whatever. Stay rooted in the world of people -- get out of your own head regularly. Successful people are tuned in to what other people are thinking, and connecting emotionally with others regularly helps you to develop that skill.
  5. Read, read, read. You have to learn to stay relevant. Again, it doesn't matter what you enjoy, just grow your mind. Once an interviewer asked me: "What's the last book you read?" And my answer was: "I don't read books." No I did not get that job. (Someone else I know got the same question, and answered: "Satan: An Autobiography." They got hired.)
Want to know what kinds of career skills will be useful next year? Think of the 5 C's:
  • Computer-enabled customer service -- everything from programming artificial intelligence solutions, to collaboration consulting, to workflow automation
  • Coding -- anything - everything - eternally useful
  • Cybersecurity -- no sign of the job market letting up there
  • Cryptocurrency/blockchain -- particularly the latter
  • Cannabis marketing for medical use -- or marketing for any emerging product where the positioning is in flux
A final thought: There is always opportunity. The key is to hunker down, focus, stay positive and be willing to change course as needed.

Good luck!

Copyright 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Creative Commons photo via Pixabay.