In this interview series, we caught up with Mark Anthony Dyson from The Voice of Job Seekers,who shares his expertise and insights about the job search, career change, etc. in today’s marketplace.
Tell Us a Little Bit about Your Company
I am a career advice writer, career consultant.
How Did You Get Started in This Path?
Started a resume company in 2009 and within a year obtain two contracts to write resumes and train, job seekers. Started The Voice of Job Seekers (TVOJS) in July 2011 and decided I loved the career advice writing and consulting/coaching side more than the writing resume side. I dissolved the company in 2016. It was a risk because I work, and it took a while for TVOJS to take shape but today I am excited the business the articles, podcast, and other appearances on other shows bring. I am not trying to add new services – perfecting the current ones I have.
Is This Something You Decided Early on in Your Career?
It was an idea from my brother-in-law and wife who had the concept of my first company and had the name.
What Is the Best Career Advice You’ve Ever Received?
Your career path doesn’t have to be a perfectly straight line (from point A to point B).
Make creative decisions and you can have your dream job this way!
What Is the Most Exciting Part of Working in This Industry?
The non-money/transactional part of it: Readers, listeners, peers, and news outlets writing to speak with me saying they enjoy the content.
How You Stay Abreast of the Industry as an Expert?
Read articles, listen to podcasts, and jumping on the phone with colleagues to discuss trends. The access I have to them to ask questions is a wonderful thing.
What Are Some of the Things That You See Job Seekers Struggle with the Most?
Using the tools to keep them engaged in their career advancement. Most professionals re-engage after frustration or when unemployment is imminent. Many professionals don’t get personal branding, and I’m not sure experts are clarifying it. It’s worth going back to the original Tom Peters article and follows the framework.
What Are the Common Mistakes That You See Them Do?
Using networking as an end to a means. Networking is everything, and everything is networking.
How Should Job Seekers Approach Job Search Today?
Approach it as it will be a part of your life, for the long term, and know it serves you when it’s time to pivot.
What Is One Advice You Would Give Someone Just Out of College Today?
Stay connected to all of the resources your career center provides mostly your network and alumni.
What Is One Advice You Would Give Someone Who Is Switching Careers?
Connect with those who did it before you, find the common threads in their journey, and along with what works for them, create your own. Whether you experience success or not in your transition, you own it. Everyone’s path is different.
How Should Job Seekers Get the Most Out of LinkedIn?
I think Linkedin is going to be a huge-bigger than it is already.
More recruiters are going to use LinkedIn to hunt for talent, and there will be more job postings on LinkedIn to apply for. Get that profile down pat.
Unemployment Is at the Lowest Levels, Why Do You Think That Is?
I don’t think it’s one singular factor, but many professionals are transitioning to jobs for a short time. They are making small but surer leaps. One good thing is the leapers are looking ahead more than they did 10 years ago.
What Is the Biggest Trend(s) You See That Hiring Managers Will Face in the Next 2-3 Years?
Hiring will be shortened than it’s now 30-60 days. But how can you get the best talent with longer hiring periods? Somehow, it will be shortened so they can compete.
What Are the Best Resources You Recommend to Job Seekers?