The model below depicts the four stages that make up the career development cycle. By thoughtfully progressing through the stages of this process, you are able to develop goals and strategies for pursuing a satisfying career.
Over time, you will recycle through this process as you, and the employment market, inevitably change. This implies that career decisions and strategies are not one-time events but are steps in an ongoing and life-long career development process.
Understanding yourself, and knowing what you want to become and by when are the most important pillars in your personal career development plan. This is the fundamental starting point to determine what kind of job suits you best. You need to identify what you enjoy doing most and skills that you have
mastered. You will also need to discover the kind of people you enjoy working with and your preferred working environment and conditions. Eg If you are an active on the go person, a desk bound job will not be suitable for you.
Do research for a good understand on the existing employment market and its trend particularly for the industries that are of interest to you. With market intelligence on hand, it becomes easy to identify companies / organizations to approach. The research information you have onhand will also come
in handy during the interview process when facts are required to convince prospective employers that you are the right person for the job.
Resumes & Cover Letters
Resumes and Cover Letters are the most common and universally accepted packaging tools used in the job hunting process. Not surprisingly therefore, job hunters devote a significant amount of their time and energy on these 2 items.
that resumes are used mostly to screen candidates out, you can increase your chances for success by tailoring your resume to the individual job you seek. Your resume must be the result of the work you have done in the self assessment and job targeting. Without this preparation, your resume will not be
Writing a competency-based resume, also referred to as a functional resume, may be a strategic choice in a competitive job market. Unlike chronological (time-based) resumes, competency-based resumes focus on your core skill groups and qualifications. During the job interview, competency-based
resumes also allow you to confidently respond to the interviewer's questions about why you are the best fit for their job opening.
The way we manage our careers is changing due to the rise in competition. In order to extend our reach, visibility
and networking capabilities, we must turn to personal branding as our marketing strategy. The concept of personal branding has become increasingly popular over the past decade. More and more professionals across industries and functional areas are discovering the value of creating, communicating and
maintaining personal brands, both in their career search and in their continuous professional development.
Networking and Relationship Building
Networking can help you keep up with changes in your industry and develop new relationships or clients. It can also help
you find hot job leads and explore new career options. Building a network is simply a responsible thing to do. So start today.
Interviewing is the probably the most important job-seeking skill and the one barrier that every job seeker must face
before getting hired. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. At it’s core, a job interview is really just a specific type of conversation.
Ensure that you prepare yourself adequately before each interview as to keep the conversation focused, productive and pleasant,.
From a career management perspective, implementation is all about marketing and sales. Remember that even the best plans are worthless unless they are well implemented. There is no better indicator of your professional attitude and behavior than how you manage your job search. The assumption from a
prospective employer is that everything about your search, from your resume to your shoes, is a reflection of your best efforts. If any element of your presentation, behavior, or performance falls short of their expectations, their consideration of you as a viable candidate is compromised. This can be
avoided by proper planning.