By Rosa E. Vargas. As a member of a community of resume writers and career coaches called the Career Collective, this post is one of many responses to help job seekers secure their future in a changed economy.  I encourage you to visit other members’ responses, see links at end of this post. Please follow our hashtag on Twitter: #careercollective. This month we have combined efforts with in Job Action Day, 2009!

What will it take to secure your career success in the future? As the world advances and becomes more information-rich, environment and health conscious, and technology savvy, the job market quickly adapts– are you? Let’s assess; please ponder the following…

Is your digital self strong enough to leverage an interview over other candidates who are job searching online? Are you ready to shape a strong career built on a series of short-term employments? As the world shrinks, who can you communicate with internationally?  Do you foresee a green job in your future? Will your carbon footprint exclude your eligibility for a job? Well, no, but let’s take a look at what may be ahead for the hireable candidate of the future…


The Future Job Market Place:

As the needs of our planet and market demands change, so is the way companies run operations and business development, produce and promote services/products, and staff their teams. This climacteric change amidst one of the worse economies in America’s history has spurred a new way of caring for the environment, thinking of consumerism, and planning our future ventures.

It seems our focus will be on Technology, Science, Engineering, Math, and Eco-friendly initiatives…and for that we will need industrious, innovative, and adaptable professionals who have a thirst for knowledge and thrive on challenges. For more on the future job market: See Top 60 Jobs That Will Rock the Future also Career Choices That Offer a Stable Future.

Web 2.0 Image/Branding:

If you are in Generation Y, you are already aware of what social media/networking and Web 2.0 Branding is because this is the way you communicate with your friends daily. However, for others…Social Media Networking is essential for the job seeker of the future. Beyond posting your resume to the top career sites, you must establish and cultivate an online presence. Why? Because the way in which we exchange information is mostly digital and via the web. As companies strategize to staff their teams with forward-thinking and information-driven members, you must prepare yourself to join this type of leading-edge team. Where should you begin? Begin developing a presence online on sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and FaceBook. For a more comprehensive list, see.

Investing In You:

The professional of tomorrow must be a life-long learner according to Paul Saffo, a Silicon Valley based technology forecaster (quoted by Jenny Lynn Zappala), and I agree with him 100%.

You must keep yourself “marketable” via ongoing education because in the future you will most likely fill a succession of numerous short-term employments. Many of today’s job seekers are not use to thinking of their careers in this manner. Let’s face it; most of us pretty much went to school, chose a field, and worked at the same company for years until retirement. That is not the way of the future. Begin to think of yourself as a contractor for your own company rendering services to corporations.  

In addition to staying abreast of the latest in the job market, perfecting your online brand, and learning new computer skills,  you may want to invest in learning new languages. The consensus is that future dominant languages will be English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Arabic. You may want to invest in learning the language of the Web as well. A little HTML, XHTML, and XML won’t hurt you as publishing a simple web page will be as common as how administrative assistants were required to prepare memos in a word processor.

As always, if you have any questions, email me at or call 303-600-8603.

Rosa Elizabeth Vargas
Master Resume Writer


Please visit the following post by the Career Collective Experts regarding the same topic I addressed above!



Meg Montford:  Job Action Day: Finding Your “MOJO” After Layoff

Debra Wheatman: Plan B from outer space; or what do you have in case your first plan doesn’t work out?

Heather Mundell: Green Jobs – What They Are and How to Find Them

Erin Kennedy: Cutting Edge Job Search Blueprint

Grace Kutney: Securing Your Career While Navigating the Winds of Change

Hannah Morgan: Career Sherpa– Why Our Job Search Advice is the Same but Different

Gayle Howard: The Enlightened Jobseeker

Laurie Berenson: Making lemonade out of lemons: Turn unemployment into entrepreneurship

Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter: You Can Thrive In, Not Just Survive, an Economic Slogging

Rosalind Joffe: Preparedness: It’s Not Just for Boyscouts

Rosa E. Vargas: Are You Evolving Into The In-Demand Professional of Tomorrow?

Dawn Bugni: Your network IS your net worth

Miriam Salpeter: Optimize your job hunt for today’s economy

GL Hoffman: The Life of An Entrepreneur: Is It for You?

Katharine Hansen: Job Action Day 09: His Resume Savvy Helped New Career Rise from Layoff Ashes

Martin Buckland: Job Search–The Key to Securing Your Future Career.

Chandlee Bryan: Where the Green Jobs Are:

Heather R. Huhman, Take Action: 10 Steps for Landing an Entry-Level Job

Barbara Safani: Where the Jobs Are 2009 and Beyond:


Kathy Hansen: Job Action Day 09: His Resume Savvy Helped New Career Rise from Layoff Ashes 

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13 Responses to Are You Evolving Into The In-Demand Professional of Tomorrow?

  1. Gayle Howard says:

    How true Rosa and how important not just to keep up with the times, but to be a lifelong learner too. I was only remarking the other day, imagine if a secretary in the ’80s had decided that she couldn’t be bothered updating her skills! Transport that same person to 2009 and she would be virtually unemployable! “What’s a Blackberry?” she would ask when requested to manage the employer’s diary. Or “What’s a PowerPoint presentation?” It would be hard to think of any part of a secretary’s life that hasn’t been changed in the last 10, 15, 20 years and without a commitment to lifelong learning that individual would be lucky to get any employment in the administrative field, other than perhaps receptionist for a small, home-based business.
    This is not just the administrative stream either. This serves as a great warning to anyone thinking of shrugging off the current trends you have mentioned of branding, social media, and ongoing education. Failing to move with the times can negatively impact a jobseeker’s future livelihood!

  2. gl hoffman says:

    Rosa…you hit the nail on the head. Several times. Gayle is right, imagine what would happen if that secretary never bothered to upgrade her skills. Yet everyday, I hear people my age talk down about twitter, about bloggers, et al.
    Plus…here is one you didnt think of..cuz you are too young!!!…this new media keeps you active, engaged and YOUNGER. Acting at least.

  3. Thanks Gayle and Mr. Hoffman (wink). No I am not too young. (I wish!) I did however miss that very good point of yours — learning and staying abreast of the latest does keep you younger!

  4. Rosa,
    This is a great post and the link you posted for the top 60 jobs that will rock your future is a must read for everyone. Thanks for sharing!

  5. YES. You’ve pointed to 3 critical differences in today’s marketplace. You DO have to keep those skills current, you have to stay current regardless of your position (secretaries and CEO’s have to know how to use blackberries!) and you have to see yourself as a “contractor” — and independent worker rather than an employee for life. Great job.

  6. Rosa,
    Love how you organized this post into very key sub-headings! In particular, “Investing in You!” This is so true. Remaining static in this dynamic world isn’t an option. Motion and change are abundant, and with this in mind, the one-foot-in-front-of-the other mindset will help job seekers and career managers maintain competitive and contented.
    As well, your pointing out the future dominant languages was quite interesting – a little heads up to students of the world who wish to bring a new edge to their career arsenal.
    Wonderfully written piece, Rosa!

  7. JT O'Donnell says:

    I couldn’t agree more with your advice to get up-to-speed with social media. It speaks volumes about a candidate’s willingness to adapt and leverage new tools!
    I spoke to a woman this week that flatly refuses to set up a LinkedIn account. She’s been looking for work for a year! I had the unpleasant job of mentioning that it will most likely take her another year if she doesn’t start embracing the power of online networking.
    Thanks for writing a such a concise post!

  8. Erin Kennedy says:

    Hi Rosa,
    I love how you wrote that a professional is ‘a life-long learner’. It’s so true and important for job seekers to embrace social networking as something commonplace, not just something for “genY”, etc.
    Nice post! 🙂

  9. Thanks, you write a good thought and mentioned 3 good point here. I like your post and article that will also help me.

  10. Dawn Bugni says:

    Rosa –
    Another great post. The words “life-long learner” resonated with me as it did with so many others. I’ve told clients for years, you can lose your job the the knowledge and experience you gained are part of you. The more a worker can learn and know the more valuable and flexible s/he is in today’s working world. Thanks for the well-mapped reminder of how to stay in-demand.

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  12. job centre says:

    Very helpful hints. I had a business and now looking for a job in this bad economy. Found a job listing for a job I would really like to get close to home and that I have skill for. Your tips were very helpful

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