Personal career work is some of the most challenging —and important—work you will ever do. In a world that is changing daily, it’s worth the investment in yourself to regularly reflect upon your goals and proactively pursue them. To begin your career planning process, follow these four basic steps:
- Examine values, interests, skills, life requirements and goals.
- Identify skills which need further development.
- Consider practical and inspirational goals for yourself.
- Consider what will serve to define your inner compass right now
The following worksheets allow you to examine your skills, values, and interests, and give you tools to reflect on accomplishments and identify goals. You can utilize them on your own at any time, as well as discuss within a career coaching appointment.
- Analyze your current work situation
- Explore your ideal day
- Industry research
- Evaluate your network
- Take stock of your skills
- Take stock of your values
- Career summary
- Goal Setting
- Meeting and Interview Debrief Report
2. Marketplace research and assessment
- Utilize career and occupational research sites such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*NET for comprehensive and reliable information.
- Explore and identify target industries and roles.
- Examine what is happening on the macro level, including trends in industries, new areas of opportunity as well as regional trends for areas you are considering.
- Utilize professional associations and societies for a deeper dive, as well as for networking connections, compensation data, certification or licensure requirements, etc.
- Identify geographical areas of interest. Utilize location as a lens for research on considerations such as compensation, availability of certain types of jobs, etc.
- Formulate a strategy for activating your networking connections and conducting informational interviews.
- Seeking to start a business? Tap small business development centers and organizations that support start-up ventures for expertise and resources.
3. Strategy and preparation of supporting materials
- Develop an initial networking list and draft email outreach messages.
- Prepare a solid, core elevator speech and practice!
- Prepare a core resume that you can adapt and tailor for each application.
- Identify target organizations, companies and agencies.
- Integrate information to form a plan and timeline.
- Conduct networking steadily and keep good records.
- Refine your goals based on what you discover.
- A job search or a career transition is time consuming. Be patient, persistent, and kind to yourself in the process.
- Remember that the more you strategically reach out to others, the more opportunities will unfold for you.