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& Aptitudes, Personality
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U.S. Labor Markets
You must have a job goal to conduct an effective job-search campaign. You cannot set out
on a quest for employment looking for just anything. If you do, you will waste a lot of
effort. Employers will quickly recognize that you do not know what you want.
Likes and dislikes:
Hidden keys to your happiness
This exercise can help you get a clear direction if you're confused about your career
How to create a
Use this chart to compare and contrast every potential opportunity and job
offer, both inside and outside your present employer. If you use this grid carefully,
difficult choices will be easier, and your next job offer could easily be 95% perfect.
Career planning and
Picture the ideal
first month on your next job
A superb exercise for exploring, clarifying, and getting a sharper focus on your future.
to help you find the work of your dreams
It takes time and perseverance to find the work and life of your dreams. Here
are some characteristics to cultivate that will support you.
How to do "cautious dream pursuing."
for that perfect job? Get the (right) picture
If you're dreaming of a new career, you need to envision one that will mesh with your
questions to ask yourself as you consider chosen career paths
Don't jump into another career search until you've given these 26 questions some thought
and consideration. Through this process of self-discovery, you will examine, evaluate, and
discuss the many parts that comprise the total "you."
Winning in a world
It is fairly obvious to most people that job security is a thing of the past. Yet, many
people still cling to this idea and hope it will persist for them. What are the new rules
for creating a financially rewarding and fulfilling career and lifestyle?
direction in life
You'll find that when you give yourself permission to make temporary,
mini-decisions about your career, rather than ones which focus on the long-term, those
stuck gears will begin to move.
Career decision making is a dynamic and ongoing process where your knowledge of self, your
values, interests, temperament, financial needs, physical work requirements or
limitations, etc., the effects of past experiences, new information, and changes in your
life situation and environment all intertwine.
planning: 10 practical steps for those too busy to plan
This excerpt from The Illusion of Inclusion, Myths & Misconceptions Every Working
Woman Needs to Know presents a layman's approach to career
planning particularly geared to busy women.
Create a written
Do you have a current career plan? If you do have a career plan, does it exist as a
concise, written document that contains clearly delineated steps you will take this year
and in subsequent years to help you achieve your career goals? If you are like most
people, your answer to at least one of the above questions is "no."
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Make three career wishes
The fantasy of instant gratification doesn't come true too often in the real world. Still,
the fable can be much closer to reality than you might think. If you make three wishes
about something over which you have influence, like your career, they likely will come
into existence one day.
The top 10 steps
for choosing a career
Career choices may well be more difficult today than at any time in history, for three
reasons: there is infinitely more to choose from; career definitions are more fluid and
changing; and the levels of expectation are rising. Here are ten steps that will help
ensure that your choices are good ones.
The top 10 reasons to
have a career you love
Choosing a new career
Follow Jane's example to find a job you'll love.
Love your job? Those
who do examine why
The responsibility for finding the perfect fit and the most meaningful career doesn't rest
with the schools, the corporations or with consultants. The responsibility rests with you.
the job offer: Know what you want before the interview
In order to assure making the right choices, it's important to know what you want on both
a professional and personal level before even going to the interview.
come back to save us
When we are at that place in life ourselves, where restlessness grows apace, it is to our
childhood we must go, in memory, and search to find again what once was very plain to us,
and now has grown obscure: our passion in life.
introspection to set a new career path
Even if youve been in the same job for 20 years, there are aspects of your
personality that can be the source of appealing work alternatives and motivate you to
change. These are your possible selves -- paths contemplated but not taken.
job your calling?
Two Harvard Business School psychologists offer advice on career choices that provide
success and satisfaction.
deciding on purpose?
Fast Company magazine speaks with Richard Leider about his "laws" for making
career decisions "on purpose".
What can you
Today's employers are more inclined to say 'show me' than 'tell me' about skills.
How to decide what to do with
These 14 steps in the career-choice process can help guide you toward the final goal of
deciding exactly what you will do with your life, or at least as much of your life as you
want to decide about now.
Are you a match for
your next employer?
Want to enhance the chances for success on your new job? Want your next move to accelerate
your career growth? Here's a way to assure "corpatability."
to work for a start-up
Executive recruiter Erik Cederblom compares going to a start-up to sitting at a poker
table. There are risks and there are rewards. Whether or not you have the intestinal
fortitude to keep playing your hand in hopes of the big return is what makes some people
start-up material and others more suited for established companies.
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Career Planning Guide
Cutting-edge, interactive Web guide that will help you through 10 steps of the career
planning process. First five steps help you to look inward, discovering information about
yourself. Last five steps help you to discover information about the world around you and
to relate this information to what you have learned about yourself.
Designed to encourage individuals to explore and gather information which enables them to
synthesize, gain competencies, make decisions, set goals and take action. Geared toward
students, but potentially useful to any job hunter
Develop goals and strategies to make your dreams come true. The Career
Development Manual has been prepared to guide you through the necessary steps, whether you
are looking for your 1st job or your 21st.
your life have a map?
Planning increases the efficiency and the effectiveness of your life -- it's like having a
blueprint for success. Follow these steps to help you develop your plan.
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