Before you take your next career step, be sure you know where you’re headed. Map out your career and personal goals, and make sure the two complement, rather than conflict with each other. Working with an SSS recruiter will help you get there faster. Here’s what you need to do:
First, determine your long-term goals.
- Why are you in the field in which you are currently working?
- Are your talents and personality traits being utilized?
- Are continued professional education and training priorities?
Think about the consequences
Don’t make career decisions in isolation. Be sure that your family is supportive of your choices. You’ll be able to move faster when an offer is made. And of course, consult with your recruiter.
Actively manage your own career
Between where you are now and where you want to be is a world of uncertainty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Take the bull by the horns. Take control of your life. You know where you want to go. Take action to get yourself there.
Build an effective personal career network
- Word of mouth. It’s not only an effective sales tool; it’s also an extremely effective networking tool. For starters, identify and “work” your own career network. Include:
- Co-workers (past and present)
- Professional colleagues
- Suppliers or customers
- Teachers and classmates
- Actively maintain a fresh, current network roster and cultivate your network.
- Reciprocate. Always be willing to give at least as much as you take in the way of information, introductions and referrals. It’ll pay off in the long run.
- Don’t wear out the welcome mat by calling too much.
- Remember, your professional references should be part of that same network. Consider them the creme de la creme and treat them accordingly.
Take a fresh look at your skills
Things change quickly in today’s economy. Make sure your skills are cutting-edge. Research career enhancement opportunities in your industry through associations or training organizations.