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Easy Ways to Plan for Career Success

Debra Wheatman | CAREEREALISM

Many people panic and put themselves under stress when they feel the pressure of having to FIND A NEW JOB. Searching for a new job is a full-time job. Job seekers do not realize the value of keeping a journal of accomplishments, an updated résumé, and list of personal and professional attributes that make them unique.

These things are important. Why? You never know when someone will ask for your résumé. How are you to remember all of the things you have done? You have probably held various roles. Can you recall all of the things you have accomplished? Writing them down would certainly make it easier. Will you be able to create a really compelling story on paper when the time comes? If the time comes sooner rather than later, won’t you feel rushed? Won’t you feel like you forgot something? Or many things? You never know when a situation might present itself. You might happen upon a great opportunity, network and identify a position that is perfect for you, or be in search mode resulting from a layoff. Whatever the reason, preparation will put you closer to the finish line.

Values and career goals change over time, which is why it is important to track your progress. As search strategies change, so too does the efforts of a job seeker. Maintain an awareness of market conditions so you will be knowledgeable regarding your worth. Certainly you don’t want to be in a situation where you are unaware of your value, or worse, caught off guard.

Most people do not know what they need to do to launch an effective search. Many people are under the misconception the résumé will get them the job. The résumé is only a tool to land the interview. You still need to get the job. This requires many more skills, including strong interpersonal communication and the ability to present achievements in a compelling way – aligned of course with the prospective company’s goals.

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