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How to Plan Your Career

[ad_1] The Eight – Step Process

The career coaching industry has found that planning a career involves a predictable pattern. No matter whether you plan a career on your own or with the assistance of a career coaching firm you must take the following eight discrete steps. Read on to learn more.

Discovering Who You Are

If you don’t know who you really are, how can you tell a prospective employer about you? How can you even know which kind of job will suit you? Answer: you can’t. That is why 47% of new hires leave their jobs within 12 to 18 months of the start, even though they were eminently qualified for the position; having won the position over heavy competition. That is why you may often get the feeling at the interview that the interviewer has no idea of who you really are.

To discover who you are, you need to perform some psychological testing of yourself; AND THEN CONFIRM THAT IT IS RIGHT. Armed that way, you know if you need to be in a job where activity and urgency are key or where patience and people concerns are paramount or where detail and caution are essential or where ideas and creativity are the drivers. Some of those are you. Some are not. You must go for the jobs that cater to those personal traits AND STAY AWAY FROM THE JOBS THAT DO NOT. Notice that we have not even talked about your skills yet. Having discovered who you are, or at least having articulated who you are, how do you tell others about it without boasting?

Creating a Life Story that Tells the Full Picture of Who You Are

Next, you need to toss that traditional resume out of the window as quickly as possible. It is a boring laundry list that exhausts the resume readers as much as it pains you to write it. Inject life into the resume so that it displays the personality traits and strong points of you discovered in step one above, using facts, proofs, under-statements, yet excitement.

Keep this portion to one page and attach the laundry list as page two. That’s it: a two-page resume that should take…

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Sourced from by Bill Caswell

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