In this interview series, we caught up with Gia Ganeshwho shares her expertise and insights about job search, career change, etc. in today’s marketplace.
Tell us a little bit about your company
Gia Ganesh Solutions is focused on helping professionals take their career and/or side hustle to the next level.
How did you get started in this path?
When I worked at a corporate firm, we had executive coaches for the senior folks in the company. But in working with tons of middle tier professionals, I realized the need for having a coach for them.
I started pursuing a coaching certification to become a coach for the middle tier folks for my organization.
The program did not come to fruition and I decided to pursue it on my own.
Is this something you decided early on in your career?
I have always believed that we each have more to offer than what meets the eye.
Uncovering my own potential and helping others uncover and reach and live up to their potential is something that has always appealed to me.
When I met professionals who undermined themselves and did not believe in their worth and capabilities or were lost in expressing it to the outside world, I was fueled to help them.
What is the Best Career Advice You’ve ever received?
Own Your Career!
Meaning step into any role you take on and truly own it. Do everything as you would if you were the owner of that organization.
Make decisions, take action and work like you are the owner.
This is the same message I share in my upcoming book -“Career Inc: The Business of You”.
What is the most exciting part of working in this industry?
The most exciting part is how this has almost become a movement!!
So many career coaches helping professionals achieve and live their professional dreams!
How do to stay abreast of the industry as an expert?
Tons of reading, podcasts and interacting with other like minded professionals.
What are some of the things that you see job seekers struggle with the most?
One thing that job seekers are struggling with are in speaking about their transferable skills.
People are capable and skilled but struggle to convey the same in a job that may not be the same thing that they have experience in.
What are the common mistakes that you see them do?
Failing to put themselves in the interviewers’ shoes when answering questions, talking too much or too less during interviews, being uptight, not reading the job descriptions and addressing the instructions presented in it.
How should job seekers approach job search today?
I still believe that the hidden job market truly exists and hence focus on building relationships and tapping into your network.
What is the biggest trend(s) you see that job seekers will face in the next 2-3 years?
Automated Video interviews are on the rise and will continue to grow rapidly, hiring for specialists as opposed to generalists and easier application processes.
What is one advice you would give someone just out of college today?
Please find a job and get some real world experience!!
I am seeing so many new grads getting to a Masters program right out of college with the belief that a Masters degree gives them better job opportunities.
Work experience and some time to understand what area they want to specialize in are crucial before taking on another huge financial burden.
Skills over school should be the focus for a few years out of school.
What is one advice you would give someone who is switching careers?
Speak to your transferable skills effectively!
How should job seekers get the most out of LinkedIn?
As cliched as it sounds, LinkedIn is a platform for professional relationship building, so focus on that.
You can do it 2 ways :
1)To be a proactive relationship builder who is on LinkedIn regularly, not just when you are seeking new opportunities and engaging with your network by liking, commenting and sharing relevant content. This is also a great way to expand your network.
2) As a job seeker, when you identify interesting opportunities, connect to 1st or potential 2nd degree connections at those organizations. Focus on genuinely learning more about the organization and/or role and the person you reached out to. Do not try to seek a referral immediately. Remember GIVE before you GET.
Unemployment is at the lowest levels, why do you think that is?
The gig economy is the contributing factor.
A large number of people have stepped into the entrepreneurship world thereby reducing the number of available candidates for job openings.
What is the biggest trend(s) you see that hiring managers will face in the next 2-3 years?
Structured interviews, use of more and better technology in the hiring process and candidates will need a lot more benefits to make the offer enticing to them.
Gia, what are you currently working on?
My product – The Daily Career Journal is something I am super excited about. I sell it on the website : careerikigai.com.
Aimed to help professionals keep track of their professional accomplishments in 6 key areas of career growth!! 50% DISCOUNT CODE for your audience: https://bit.ly/2XZKE1h.
Also super excited about my book coming out titled Career Inc: The Business of You.
What are the best resources you recommend to job seekers?