Over at Tough Questions, Great Answers, Darlene McDaniel has been working through a technology month where the blog posts have been about using technology for a variety of “getting the job” situations.
I’m not going to talk about the specific tools here; check that out over at Technology for Career Management.
But, what I didn’t cover in the article is why we should be using a tool for career management in the first place. It’s an important subject.
The world has changed from twenty — or five — years ago. How people make and keep relationships has changed. Where twenty years ago a person was expected to stay with the same company for a very long time, if not life, today we are constantly moving between companies to perform our work. Or countries.
This dramatic change in the workplace has meant that relationships have become much more transactional than in the past. We interact with our neighbors — until me move. We interact with parents at our children’s school — until we change schools. We interact with our co-workers — until we change companies through voluntarily moving or being laid off.
We have become relationship transients at the very time we need to build and maintain strong networks in our life — because corporations are no longer responsible for our career management.
Here are five reasons to use technology for our career management:
You still need to do the work, of course. You still need to perform. But no one is watching out for you except you. So build — and manage — your network for all the right reasons. Your network will have great rewards far beyond those associated with finding a job.
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