Career Decision-Making: “The Basics”

You’re in a “dead-end” job or industry… or out of work and seeking a challenging change of direction to jump start your career. It will take a concerted career planning effort, a strong sense of purpose and self-discipline as you implement your strategic, Personal Marketing Plan (Your PMP);  Also, the patience to process your way through the tactical approaches to effective change. It’s time to restore your confidence in your own ability to impact and control the continuity of your career.

Chart your own course:

Career success is where preparation and implementation meets opportunity! 

– The Pilot

 Three basic waypoints to consider when charting your own career…

Get Outside Your BoxYour competition utilizes traditional job search tactics… bring fresh air and creative solutions to the table;

Communicate yourself in a positive, future-oriented manner;

Cultivate Contacts… ALWAYS have a next contact to make… always, for the rest of your career!

Some “advanced” career strategies…

Stay current with technology… Learn to use technology as a tool, never as a replacement for your ‘personal touch;’

Target Employers… It brings focus to your research and networking efforts;

Learn from your new world of work opportunity… Put yourself in a constant state of market awareness and visibility. Keep up with what can be, not just what is or has been

Align your credentials with your objectives… This may lead to re-training and re-tooling of your skill sets.

And, FINALLY… The ONE thing you must learn to truly manage your career:

Never Be a JOB-hunter AgainLearn to create visibility by presenting yourself (and being) an interested, motivated professional who could be available for the next right work opportunity… at any time during the rest of your working lifetime.

Over thirty years of experience as a Career Services Consultant. Projects have included: classic, corporate-sponsored outplacement activities, including career transition centers; internal career development centers; talent management services; and strategic recruitment programs. He also offers direct pay services to professional individuals, including: assessment and branding development (resumes, LinkedIn profiles, etc), job search skill training and job search coaching.

Posted in Career Decision-Making, Career Transition
June 2015
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