6 Steps to Successful Career Management

On February 11th, 2012, posted in: Job Search Tips by Jacci

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In some respects building a successful career is no different
from any other project. Clear goal setting, thorough planning and
effective execution are key ingredients in the recipe for success.
Though expert advice can help you with the process, in the end it
is up to you to formulate objectives, develop a plan, and follow
through to realize your career goals. While you may enjoy your
share of luck, success seldom falls in your lap. Furthermore, if
you ignore the basic principles of career management, an unexpected
setback could badly damage your long-term prospects. Here are six
steps towards success in your career:
  1. Take a good look at yourself.Understand your needs. What is
    important to you? What are you passionate about? A career spans
    many years. It can be hard to maintain enthusiasm, excitement and
    energy unless you believe in what you are doing. Look for the right
    balance in of career, earnings and fulfillment. Are you aiming for
    the top or is family more important? What are your unique talents
    and abilities? It makes sense to play to your strengths.
  2. Research career optionsand prioritize. Discover what skills and
    experience various careers require ahead of time. What is a good
    fit for you with your skill set?
  3. Map a pathfrom where you are to where you want to be. Think
    strategically and long-term about your career. Don’t place too much
    emphasis on compensation early on. It may be more important to
    develop the skills and experience to “set you up.” Your action plan
    should build upon your strengths and improve your weaknesses.
    Establish firm bases for the future. If the platform is secure, you
    can usually survive a mistake or setback.
  4. Don’t ignore ongoing training.Acquiring the additional skills,
    knowledge and education needed for your new career is fundamental.
    Also consider getting some unique experience which will help
    differentiate you in the market place.
  5. Market yourself.Don’t take an overly conservative or narrow
    view. Consider start-ups and smaller organizations where you will
    get more responsibility. But always target companies that are
    excellent at what they do, and that place importance on developing
    staff, particularly at the beginning of your career. Don’t forget
    to network! A well-developed list of professional contacts can open
    doors for you.
  6. Seek ongoing career management.Continue to examine, evaluate
    and refine. The marketplace can change quickly. Be prepared for
    unexpected opportunities as well as setbacks. Don’t ignore the
    value of mentors. Establish at least one quality mentor in the
    field you hope to pursue. Also, use advisors and experts often.
    Their experience, advice and influence may prove invaluable.

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