Purpose: Clarify what according to you is meaningful and satisfying work? What are the aspects in your job that are meaningful to you? How will this make you contribute effectively to your work and your organisation? Will this help you achieve your goal? Is it just the monetary gains you consider as value? Do the employers appreciate the long hours of work you put in?
Positioning: Optimally match your skills, abilities and interests with industries and organisations. What are your target job functions and titles? Have you assessed your skills and abilities sufficiently enough so that it helps you identify what your preferences are and at the same time gives you room for alternatives also? What kind of companies and industries look for the target skills you have?
Packaging: Present yourself in a compelling manner in order to successfully change industries or fields. How do you define yourself? What qualities do you want to be known by? Are you a fast-starter? Detail-oriented? A team player? You need to match well with your target employer. What are your problem solving attitudes? Can you cope with a crisis? What specific competencies, expertise and experiences will you use as an argument for your next job or career?
Preparation: Build a strategic plan. Make contacts and turn them into career opportunities. Compile a list of people who can be useful for networking. Networking is the key promotional technique. Join organisations; get involved; keep in touch; do what you can to help others; be visible in your targeted professional community. Have you developed relationships with search firms and recruiters? Think how often people are changing jobs now. Are you using online resources and Web sites, career fairs, conferences and trade shows to maximum advantage?
Presentation: Turn opportunities into interviews and interviews into offers. Employers certainly are interested in what you can do for them, but they will be glad if you will be interested in them! Research on the companies you have targeted at. Know what the challenges they face, their problems are and what their values and mission are. Use informational interviews to develop your understanding and knowledge about companies and create a network of contacts.
Career development cycle
Performance: Master workplace competencies that enhance your personal success in any corporate culture. Can you cope with a crisis? Can you wade through office politics? Are your survival skills sharp? Can you perform well even when you are pressurized for work? Do you know how to effectively communicate the added value you bring to the organisation? Are you assuming if you just work hard and do a good job, you will be recognized and rewarded?
Planning: Long term planning is more effective than a short term planning. Analyse where you would want to see yourself in a few years from today. This planning is equally imperative as it builds a thought process to which you need to find logical answers. Maintain a professional developmental plan that will serve as guidelines throughout your career. Is your resume updated? Do you regularly maintain a log of your accomplishments, training, awards and feedback to prepare for your annual performance evaluation? Do you know where you want to be and what you want to be doing in 5 or 10 years? What do you anticipate will be the challenges and life situations you will be facing and how are you preparing for them now?