How to Construct a Career Plan That Will Prepare You For Success

career planThe job market has changed over time and employers are looking for more than talent.

In today’s business structure with the rising cost of benefits and other operation costs, companies want the best. They are seeking individuals they see as long-term investments, people who are loyal to their brands and who can work as part of a team.

There was a time when having the right degree, years of experience and great references got you an interview.  This isn’t so much the case these days.

Rising above the competition takes work.  Continue reading for tips to get you started on building a success-driven career plan.

Narrow down what you want to do

If you’re over 30 and still don’t know what you want to do in life, that can be a problem.

Today’s job market is tight and the competition is fierce.  Don’t be indecisive, it’s a huge turn-off to most employers.

Before you can begin to chart your career plan you need to answer this age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow-up?”

You may also need to reconsider returning to school.  A college degree may be a requirement and you’ll need to select the right major.

Ask yourself this: What am I truly passionate about pursuing?

Be strategic in creating your career plan

Know the who, what, when, where, and how when it comes to creating a new career path. Create a dream list for your dream career.

Are you looking for a small, midsize or large employer? Think of ten employers you’d like to work for and do some research.

What are the must have’s? Salary, benefits, private office, and a flexible schedule are things to consider.

When do you expect to embark on your profession of choice? Immediately after graduating from college? Or, if you are older this could be a 3-year goal.

Where are you willing to work? Relocation may be a requirement to land that perfect position at your top choice of places to work. Would you make the move, or more important, can you make the move?

The career plan helps you understand these things so you can set realistic goals, so be thorough and honest with yourself.

Market yourself through resumes and online branding

Having a resume catered to the needs of the potential employer is essential. Don’t just visit their website, but go on an expedition. Learn about their brand, culture, and goals.

Once you select a position, zero in on select keywords to incorporate into your cover letter and work history.

Social media plays a pivotal role in the employee selection process. Before you submit your resume build an online profile on sites like LinkedIn.

Clean-up your social media presence.  Remove posts and pictures that may be offensive. The last thing you want is a questionable post following you into the interview.

Use these tools to guide you on your path to creating the perfect career plan.

We’re here to help. Contact us to see how we can assist you along your new career journey.