Career Thought Leaders Release White Paper, Outline Critical Skills to Succeed in the Workplace of the Future

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As the workplace shifts and career management becomes more challenging, professionals in the careers industry gather each year to discuss trends and best practices in advancement, career change, job search, resumes, social media, and more. The resulting white paper offers actionable information for career practitioners and those looking to advance their careers.

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Career Jam: Where Experts Forecast The New & The Next

Career Jam challenges practitioners to look to the future and revolutionize their approach as career advancement becomes more complex.

Are resumes still important for job search? What skills do leaders need to advance? How are companies connecting with top talent? What are the hot jobs now and in the future?

These topics, and dozens more, were explored at the seventh annual Career Jam: Where Experts Forecast The New & The Next in December 2016. Now Career Thought Leaders Consortium (CTL) has compiled the findings into “The Now, The New, and The Next in Careers,” a white paper reporting insights from career professionals in the US, UK, Spain, and Canada.

Career Jam participants included career coaches, career counselors, professional resume writers, college and university career professionals, military transition specialists, and others who work on the front lines of the employment industry. Their insights – based on daily interactions with job seekers and hiring authorities worldwide – reveal dynamic changes in the way we work today, and the way we’ll work tomorrow.

Marie Zimenoff, CEO of Career Thought Leaders, Fort Collins, CO, was among the career professionals who brainstormed the ideas, trends, and best practices shared in this report. “CTL convenes career professionals to keep them abreast of trends and best practices in the dynamic careers industry,” said Zimenoff. “Career Jam challenges practitioners to look to the future and revolutionize their approach as career advancement becomes more complex in the new global economy.”

Brief highlights of the extensive findings include:

  • As the volume of content online increases, it is more important for professionals to proactively network – both online and in person – to build their visibility for career advancement, job search, or entrepreneurial efforts.
  • Readers have shorter attention spans. Professionals must have clear messages on their online profiles, resumes, and cover letters to hook a reader quickly and stand out from the noise.
  • Comfort with technology has quickly become one of the largest barriers for people looking to earn promotions or job search. From virtual work to online applications and video interviews, technology has infiltrated all aspects of work and one’s ability to use it is critical for career success.
  • Companies are providing more professional development opportunities as employer branding becomes important for recruiting and retention, but the individual professional is still unsure how to manage their career trajectory in a workforce that is increasingly mobile and global.

For information, contact Marie Zimenoff, Career Thought Leaders, 970.420.8413,

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