Newly Launched Reinvention Roadmap Urges Job Seekers to ‘Break the Rules’
To our readers: GoodCall®’s examination of careers from the perspectives of employers and employees continues. Earlier today, writer Terri Williams reported on how the employment market is changing for employers: A new study reveals that workers will be harder to find this year. Below, writer Marisa SanFilippo takes a look at how the career roadmap has changed for job seekers and how a new book offers help.
Just before 2017 turned its corner, Liz Ryan, career adviser and CEO and founder of Human Workplace, released her first book from a major publisher – Reinvention Roadmap. With few schools offering job guarantees for graduates and long-term employment being over, the book advises job seekers how to deal with these new realities.
“The working world is changing fast. I was a corporate HR leader for years and saw the beginning of the breakdown of the recruiting process, and it has become much worse since then,” says Ryan, whose resume includes a stint as vice president of human resources at U.S. Robotics. “Tenures on the job are becoming shorter. We are all entrepreneurs now, but we don’t have a roadmap to follow in stepping into our entrepreneurial identities.”
What led to her book? She says she spoke with working people and job seekers who said they needed to know “the new rules” for job-hunting and running a career because the old methods didn’t work. “I wanted to lay out not only the methodology for taking charge of your career and breaking traditional job-search rules to get a great job, but to also teach working people a new mindset,” she says.
Charting a new course for job seekers
The book is geared toward people of all ages who are either just entering the workplace or are looking to switch careers later in life. As its name suggests, the book is organized like a roadmap and that roadmap is broken down into four parts:
- Getting altitude
- Finding your path
- Taking steps
- Growing muscles and mojo
Ryan says the first section advises people to look back at their path thus far and look ahead over the horizon; they’ll think and write about what they love to do and what they’re good at. “They’ll get a Mojo Journal — any blank book will do — and begin to write in it as they work on the exercises in Reinvention Roadmap.
That exercise is intended to help them find their path. “We have to know where we’re headed if we want to drive our own career,” she says. “Readers pick a career direction for their job search and brand themselves for the jobs they want.”
Taking steps refers to the effort to change: Ryan notes: “It can feel scary to launch a job search, especially if you’re also changing careers.” Ryan explains the final section this way: “Muscles are your career-management and job-finding skills, which will get much stronger as you use them more and more. Mojo is your life force — your passion and your confidence in yourself.”
What others think about the roadmap
Syndicated radio show host Marianne Pestana and business consultant/inspirational speaker Barbara Rozgonyi give Reinvention Roadmap glowing reviews.
“So much has changed in the business world. It’s important to stay on top of the latest information and trends,” Pestana says. “Reinvention Roadmap is extremely clear, concise, and relevant for what jobseekers and employers look for in today’s employment market … Many people are not aware of these changes, how it can affect them or how to approach it.”
Rozgonyi took note of the book because of her interest in career development for her clients, blog readers and family, and she says she learned from it. “When you reframe what you do as a business pain or problem solver, you can demonstrate the kind of value you bring to a company or organization.”