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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

New Year, New Job Goal? Considerations to Make It Happen

A variety of online sources are always used to create these news articles for CDA Insights. A plethora of web articles cover the topics of goals, new jobs, and the new year. This issue touches briefly on a few key considerations that the career development professional may want to share with the job seeker they are assisting. Keep in mind, one tip might not magically create a new job, but then again it might tip the scales in the job seeker’s favor.

Remember, beginning late last year, CDA Insights changed its publication schedule to every other month. The extensive archives offer significant material to continue your professional development during the months when a new issue is not published. On a related note, CDA Insights discontinued the use of Twitter. Please share on other social media, as appropriate. Thank you for your interest and support!

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FOCUS ON: Jobs that are in Demand

Outside Sales Rep and Transportation Coordinator positions were in highest demand in 2023, according to a survey of entry-level job postings by Indeed. These were followed by financial positions, such as accounting coordinator, tax preparer and loan processor. Other client-centered positions with high demand include mental health case manager, speech-language pathologist, design coordinator, and special events coordinator. View the graphic and details at Visual Capitalist.

GENDER IN THE WORKPLACE: Reasons Women Miss Promotions

Despite skills and experience, working women may be passed over for promotion due to attitude, work standards, education attainment and advocacy. To overcome persistent gender bias and increase the chance of promotion, become a thought-leader, review accomplishments and talk to the boss about goals. Read more.

JOB SEARCHING: Strategic Tips

Thinking of yourself as an expert problem-solver, rather than a job seeker, is a major shift that helps achieve the goal of a new job. This is difficult, starts with reflection and involves personal branding as much as holistic health practices. Changing the job seeker’s communication, mindset and strategy can have the highest impact on the potential employer. Listen to more from Pathwise.


While identifying jobs to apply for are a top challenge for job seekers, writing resumes and participating in interviews are almost equally challenging. The majority of job seekers report feeling confident in their job search abilities, but may be interested in working with a career counselor or coach in the future. Read more trends by downloading the report from Best Colleges.

TOP TEN: Minor Issues – or Not!

Professionalism in the interview, overall online activity and following up on applications through formal channels can influence a hiring manager’s decision about a candidate. But what about “sins of omission” on a resume and the tone of a cover letter? These minor issues can be easily corrected with time and careful action to reduce the chances of quick rejection. Read all ten tips to identify what hiring managers want to see from candidates.


"Every time you get into a new job, new location, you have an amazing opportunity in front of you. You get to play dumb for as long as people will allow you to play dumb. You get to ask all the dumb questions, you get to ask multiple people the dumb questions, and you get to make mistakes." ~ Gary Cohn
"Starting a new job can be nerve-racking, but it's also exciting. You're embarking on a new future, positioning yourself to write a fresh story on a clean slate." ~ Adena Friedman


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