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Getting Back On Track With Your Career

Apr 13, 2008
When it comes to your career, you can gain a great deal if you spend some time exploring your values, interests and options.

What Should You Do To Get Back On Track?

Our careers are something that is chosen by us after some introspection on our interests and aptitudes. However, you should always be prepared to shape your career according to the changing needs of the market.

When drastic changes happen, it's usually those that are slow to adapt that are left in the dust. That's when you run the risk of getting trapped in a dead end job or worse - with no job at all. Don't let this happen to you.

How Can You Avoid This Trap?

-Initially, you need to change the way you think with regard to your career preferences and the way you would go about a job search. Realize that as the years go by, industry changes - and you have to be open to new ways of looking for a job, should the need arise. This includes everything from changing jobs, to networking to searching for a job on the Internet.

-Secondly, sit and examine your assets, such as your work and life experience, skills and work values. Make sure that these come across in your resume. If you have the skills employers want, but they don't know that you do, then it essentially amounts to nothing.

-Third, identify your weak points or areas for improvement, and find solutions so that you can tackle them - preferably before you have to look for a job. This may include upgrading your skills through training. Be honest with yourself, because it is the only way you can improve.

-Fourth, spend some time exploring the job market and understand the salary range of the job you intend to apply - for because by finding out what your job is worth, you will be in a position to negotiate better.

-Finally, your career strategy is in your hands and you should manage it well for success. Conducting a job search is like small business, and if you think that way, then you will be able to manage your career growth, income, job satisfaction and opportunities for advancement.

The best advice is to take the steps above before you actually need to. By tending to your career as if it were a business, you'll be prepared to take action when the time actually comes.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals such as, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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