According to Marketwatch, 31 percent of employers are expected to hire exec-level positions over the next six months, compared to last October’s 23 percent. If you want to be competitive for these upcoming positions or have another opportunity on your radar, AOL Jobs knows exactly what you should do.
To be the boss in 2012, it’s important to know that you don’t have to stay committed to the same job for decades like your parents and grandparents probably did. These days, flexibility and versatility are important. The Bureau of Labor Statistics observes that the average person between the ages of 18-44 has held about 11 jobs. Contracting and work-from-home jobs are more available. This allows some workers to work several jobs at once as what some call a “patchwork professional.” Freelancing and remote location jobs allow you the ability to have a stable income and the opportunity to expand your career set. Learn from each job you hold and watch your professional accomplishments add up.
If you’re going to be the boss, you can never stop learning. Of course education is important, but aside from the traditional undergraduate and graduate degree, strive to think strategically, and fill in any gaps with training sessions and workshops.
Although big businesses may be hiring, during a recession, small businesses and self-employment will lead job creation. Business start-ups will be the leaders in job opportunities during a recession as big businesses are simply trying to cut cost. Specific industries you should look to are information technology, health care and social services, which offer high growth, salary expectations as well as availability. Not to mention that laid off workers will begin use their skill set to become freelance workers. Now may be a good time to step out on your own and launch your own business. If you’re not quite there yet, then join a business networking group like SCORE, which is a good way to find a support group for your ideas and ambitions.
More women are filling the job market as well as more women-owned companies. Not only do these businesses create 23 million jobs and almost $3 trillion, they also provide great work environments. Studies show that when women are the leaders, companies are more successful. In addition a woman-owned business is more likely to understand and assist with the multiple needs of a woman attempting to balance work and family.
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