Do you hope to get your career on track in 2015, with more power & momentum than ever before?
Even though we are in a very challenging economy and the job market is tight, you have the choice to create breakthrough results?
Are you prepared to create the focused and productive career that you know you are capable of having, one that will give you great satisfaction and financial reward?
More than 75% of adults who make “New Year’s resolutions” to improve their careers lose momentum and give up within only a few months. Many are waiting for their jobs to get better, passively hoping that circumstances will improve someday. But one thing we know for sure is that careers do not get better by themselves.
So, the pressing question is: What will make this year’s transition different from previous attempts to enhance your career? The answer is: plan; then take action!
Here are a few strategies to make 2015 YOUR year to achieve real career satisfaction and success:
1. Internal Career Audit
It’s time to take an honest look at your career , where you have been, where you are today and where you do like to go.
The following eight principles provide what you need to perform a candid and effective “internal audit” of your career situation.
- Understand that success is not an accident, but a planned event.
- Accept the fact that you are fully responsible for your career.
- Create a detailed picture of your ideal career.
- Identify clear goals based on your own definition of career success.
- Know that in order to get results, you must take action.
- Learn about the things that get in the way of your success (i.e., self-limiting beliefs, fears, negative self-talk.)
- Associate with successful people.
Do an image makeover (i.e., hair, glasses, wardrobe, posture, speech, smile, etc.
2. The Job Seeker’s “Tool Kit”
Most job seekers use only their résumé as the cornerstone of their search because their other “tools” are weak or nonexistent. But the résumé should actually be one of your least used job-seeking tools! The list below outlines the specific tools that you will need and how to use them, not just to land the next job but also to master the job search process and maximize your long-term career success.
- Written Accomplishments. Examples of when you went “above and beyond” your job responsibilities, and produced positive, tangible results.
- Positioning Statement and Departure Statement. Prepare and practice a “15-second commercial” about who you are professionally and the value you offer. You will also need a concise paragraph that explains the circumstances under which you left your last employer.
- Professional Biography. Write a one-page narrative of your career in the “third person” (as though someone else wrote it about you).
- Target Company List. Research and identify the industries and companies you would most like to work for, and create a list.
- Contact List. Compile a list of all the people you know personally and professionally, including name, phone and e-mail.
- Professional References. List colleagues from any job you have had who would “sing your praises” if asked about you.
- Letters of Recommendation. Request letters from 4-5 respected business associates, printed on their company letterhead.
- Networking Agenda and Script. Prepare a script for your networking discussions – how it flows, what to focus on, how to react to the other person’s comments, etc. (More about this item below!)
- Testimonial Comments. Compile a collection of positive quotations that others have said or written about you. This provides critical “third-party endorsement” that boosts your credibility and perceived value.
- Tracking and Organizing System. Keep a detailed record in hard copy of your job-search activities, conversations, follow-up steps, etc.
- Résumé. Include not only your job responsibilities for each position, but also your most noteworthy accomplishments. Be succinct and carefully edit the document.
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