What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team. ~ Benjamin F. Fairless
Before you start your career search or plan to change your current career path; it is crucial for you to complete a self-reflection of how you want your career path to manifest. Breakdown your career plan beyond position details and income. Identify a top ten list of what you want your next position on your career path to provide you.
Career Path Development Exercise and Questions
- Take a personality test.
- Career Changers, review your resume and determine what your top experiences from your previous positions were. Are they potential transferable experiences to your next role?
- New Grads, what classes did you enjoy and excel in during school? Are there possible positions that will provide you the opportunity to expand your learning and experience in that area?
- Were there community service experiences that brought you fulfillment that can be transferred over to a professional position?
- Was there a success story that you observed or read that you need to revisit and research how you can have similar success outcomes?
“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” Antoine de Saint Exupery
The time a dedicated career search requires can equate to the hours of a full-time or part-time job pending your current employment status. To have a successful career search; it is essential for you to plan your daily career search action items. Executing your daily career search plan will shift you closer to your desired professional role. Strategic planning is much more effective than random planning. It is important that you remain focused, encouraged, and dedicated to accomplishing your career search goals daily.
Suggested Daily Career Search Action Items:
- Set an alarm on your phone to repeat your career search affirmation goals three times a day.
- Review online job postings alerts that you have emailed to yourself from different online job boards.
- Identify a time block to specifically craft your application for postings that interests you. The same resume, cover letter, or email verbiage will not always apply for each position you submit to for consideration.
- Study your chosen industry. Read about current events, industry operations, training opportunities, and the latest insight tips from industry leaders. Researching your industry daily empowers you and builds your confidence in being viewed as a qualified candidate.
- Journal your career search lessons, goals, outcomes, wins, and challenges daily. Journalizing promotes personal growth and assists you in keeping your career search focus points in perspective.