Managing Your Career
With recent economic uncertainty, continual "restructuring," and the increasing pace of change in the workplace, it's hard not to. In fact, many of us can be easily replaced.
Still, we all know that one person who has weathered recessions, layoffs, "downsizing," and "outsourcing" with a serene face and a steady paycheck. The question is:
How do you become that person?
All top businesses build strategic plans for their short- and long-term development. Your career is no less important--and it can benefit just as much from focused strategic planning. The best strategic plans are flexible, work in both the short and long term, and reflect your specific career goals. Whether you are currently employed or are between jobs, you can put the following steps to work in creating a strategic plan for "YOU Inc." that moves your career forward.
Becoming a manager is an excellent way to accomplish all of these. But landing your first management job presents a "chicken and egg" dilemma: you need to have management experience before you can hold a management job--right?
Wrong! Every new manager has to start somewhere. Here's what you need to do to get that first management position.