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.
When I first graduated from business school, I leveraged our school's alumni network to seek advice on securing my first job. One successful businessperson I spoke to advised that starting a blog would be one of the best things I could do to advance in my career. Looking back, I completely agree with this advice. Building a blog is one of the best tools for getting started and advancing in your career field. If you don't have a personal blog yet, I hope to provide some concrete reasons in this article on why you must start one today.
The resume--and other details of the job hunt--certainly are changing. Resumes are morphing into a combination of digital identity and the traditional summary of work experience and skills. And perhaps what has changed the most is how your work history affects your job hunt.