Many of our members are looking to make kind of a career change, whether that means finding a job, earning a promotion or transitioning to a new industry. Here's a list of the top ten career tips for 2012 from some of the nation's top career experts.
1. Never stop networking. Never stop offering help to those in your network, attending industry conferences and keeping your presence alive through social media. It's the best investment you can make in your career.
– Anita Bruzzese, Gannett/USA Today workplace columnist and freelance writer/editor
2. Regularly update your social media presence. In 2012, your social media profiles will be more important than ever. Recruiters, colleagues, clients and networking connections will be checking you out frequently, so make sure your profile is always up-to-date, compelling and full of relevant news and status updates.
– Lindsey Pollak, career expert and LinkedIn spokesperson
3. Before you convince anyone else of your brand and its value, first convince yourself. It will make all the difference.
– Billie Sucher, career transition expert, speaker, author and blogger
4. Simply applying online and waiting for a call won't produce results in today's job market. Networking and contacting multiple people at your target companies is key to landing the interview.
– Harry Urschel, writer of The Wise Job Search
5. Networking is the number one job search strategy. You need to spend 80% of your job search timenetworking. Period!You need to wake up every day and buy 2contacts a cup of coffee.Ask them for three pieces of career advice and three other people that might be able to help you. Anything less and your search time will be painfully extended. Remember: Networking beats NOTworking
– Dr. Tom Denham, career counselor and motivational speaker
6. No one is responsible for your career except for YOU: not your employer, your college or your parents. Always have a 'side hustle' or passion project to fall back on in case things don't go as planned.
– Nicole Crimaldi, founder of MsCareerGirl.com
7. Makea new career resolution to never forget the most powerful three letter word usedin networking – who.
– Kim Thompson, Career Rescue Columnist
8. Create content with a point of view/opinion.It doesn't have to be fancy (in fact, it should be written like you talk) and should share something with the reader. The type of people you want to work with will be attracted to your approach, and those that you don't want to work with will be repulsed.Bingo!
– Kris Dunn, CHRO at RPO firm Kinetix (http://www.kinetixhr.com/), the founder of The HR Capitalist (http://www.hrcapitalist.com/) and Fistful of Talent (http://www.fistfuloftalent.com/) and a contributing editor at Workforce Management magazine (http://www.workforce.com/)
9. If you don't have a lot of work experience, aim to get hired based on your ideas rather than your experience. Use social media to let people know what ideas you have and what areas of the world you are thinking about. Social media is as good a calling card as a resume.
– Penelope Trunk, blogger at peneloptrunk.com and founder of three startups
10. Develop a plan for your career and then quickly abandon it when you find that a smarter one makes more sense.
– Marci Alboher, author of "One Person/Multiple Careers” and VP Civic Ventures, a think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. Follow on Twitter – @heymarci
I am eager to hear how our readers used this insight to start their own success stories in 2012. Let me know your thoughts!