Planning Your Career
When you decide to take your next career step, write out your personal and professional goals to see if they align. The following questions can help you clarify your objectives:
- Why are you in the field in which you are currently working?
- Are your talents and personality traits being fully utilized?
- Are continuing education and training high priorities where you work?
After you have answered these questions, take the following next steps:
Career management. Take control of your life by taking positive steps to achieve your objectives. It just doesn’t happen. Your goals should address subjects like professional achievement, earning potential and lifestyle desires. You have to make it work. Ask yourself these questions:
Do you have the skills and credentials necessary for you to meet your professional goals? Today's economic environment is constantly changing. Make sure your skills are up-to-date.
Do you have the skills and experience needed to be a qualified candidate? Being overqualified for a position can be as problematic as being under-qualified.
What are your salary expectations? If they are too low, you may give the hiring manager the indication that you are hiding something that makes you undesirable. If they are too high, you may be nixing yourself from great opportunities.
Support. Be sure that your family endorses your choices. You'll be able to move faster when an offer is tendered.
Networking. Your career network should include friends, current and former colleagues, vendors, industry contacts, recruiters, teachers and classmates. Our Networking Tips have been proven to work. Don’t forget the importance of keeping your references up to date on your job hunting plans. You will be asked to provide at least three references on our Reference Authorization form. These references should include at least one person who you reported to, a co-worker and someone who reported to you.