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Take Charge of Your Career

May 26, 2008
You can have two people with the same skills, training, education and, all things being equal, have the same qualifications. Why is it one will be more successful at landing job opportunities? Well there are several answers to this question. In a word the answer is planning. Planning gives your vision direction and helps you to effectively focus your efforts on those projects that are the most fruitful.

While it is true that luck can play a part in the process, such as being in the right place or the right time, it is your plan that ultimately is responsible. You have to network, have a well tailored resume, and utilize many different job searching avenues.

All of these ideas should be used as tools to get you to your goal. You have to have an understanding of what you love to do and your plan will help get you there.

Decision Making

Before you do anything, you will need to make a decision as to what direction your career will take. This is one of the most important steps and if done right, will help you get where you want to be.

Thoroughly research all of your opportunities before deciding on one. You should be patient and wait for the best opportunity instead of simply taking the first one that comes along.

Understand Your Limitations

Ideally, at this point you should already taken stock of all your skills, strengths, and weaknesses and thus have a good understanding of how you work best. Maybe you are the type that loves all the little details or perhaps you are great at coordinating things.

Either way, you should go after those opportunities that allow you to excel at what you do best. This gives you the best chance of success by doing something you are confident you can do well.

Your limitations also present opportunities. How, you may ask? For starters, they help identify those areas which you can improve on. When you dedicate time to those things that do not come easily to you then you increase your skills and thus your marketability.

Take the Initiative

Always put your best foot forward. Volunteer for extra projects, come to work early, or stay late. Doing so displays your dedication and willingness to get the job done right.

Don't be afraid to go that extra mile, as it will pay big dividends in the future.

Re-Assess Your Skills

You cannot just work on those things that come easy to you; you will need to dedicate even more time to your weaknesses. Your skill set is a work in progress and constantly changes over time.

As your skills evolve incorporate them into your resume and use them to your advantage.
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 including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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