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career game plan

Make Your Career Game Plan Today

career game plan

1. Self Awareness

Do a SWOT Analysis. This will focus on your own personal strengths and weaknesses and then will also identify external opportunities you could use or threats to avoid.

 

Firstly look internally, the most important point to note is that career planning is a process and we can break it up into 4 individual questions;

 

a) What are your interests?
b) Is there a career in it?
c) What is the potential for progression?
d) How do you get there with what’s at your disposal?

 

Of course we must take our own situation and environment into consideration; this can be done through self-assessment. Initially looking at where you have come from, the present challenge and where you want to go will give a good starting point. Now it is a matter of using what you’ve got to get there – qualifications, training, experience, and references are all potential methods of getting you to the next level.

 

Then look externally. Opportunity starts with current labour demand – research opportunities on job boards and social media platforms. If you find you aren’t qualified you need to consider ups-killing or taking a conversion course such as Springboard. If you don’t have the required industry experience you need to consider acquiring relevant experience and skills through internships such as Job Bridge. Look in the mirror and identify your unique strengths. These will become your value proposition.

 

2. Plan

Take a structured approach to your job search. Treat is like a job and give it the time it needs. Apply for jobs you feel you are qualified for and understanding were you can add value. Record all application details for future reference. Take it one step at a time.

 

3. Become Socially Networked

Research, connect and engage. Build a LinkedIn profile and actively connect with your professional network. Connect with ex colleagues and with contacts in your industry. This will give you some clues as to where similar skills sets are being sought. Seek recommendations and join relevant groups. Identify your target audience and contribute to relevant conversations. Connect with employers you have applied to.

 

4. Sell Yourself

Understand that a job search is a competition and you need to compete on your unique value proposition. Consider yourself a commodity that needs to be sold on unique features and benefits based on demand and a price point.

 

5. Apply & Control

Consider a broad range of relevant opportunities and be flexible in terms of position and compensation. Control the elements of the process that are within your control. Finally apply and follow up on applications with a LinkedIn request or phone call.

Posted by Julia Purcell, Marketing & Communications Manager Sigmar on 29 November 2017

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