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The 5 Laws of Successful Career Search
by Paul Hastings
The following is just a short summary of the necessary steps to achieve job success. A good Career Development Plan will fill in the essential details to reach the goal of fulfilling your work potential.
- Be prepared to put in effort. The first law for anyone embarking on a new career search is that it takes effort. There is no shortcut, although many tools can make the task easier and quicker. But the key, is to remember there is a goal: fulfilling and rewarding work that could last a lifetime. What is it worth to put in effort now that will pay dividends in the years ahead? Experts say we could change our careers five times during our working lives. Which number are you on now? If this is your first, the second will be easier if you get the process right this time.
- Get to know yourself. We may need to take some form of
aptitude test, interest inventory, or personality test
to determine our aptitudes and abilities. These are the tools that
make life much easier at this stage of your life, although they are no substitute for the effort
required to fulfill the objective. They are a necessary part of the process.
- Develop a career plan. Identify your next career steps. To start off, review
the studies from No. 2. It is essential to know who you are, and what sort of job you're
looking for. If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else. Define
the job objective clearly and concisely. Do you need further education or retraining? Where
will you market yourself? Will you need to relocate to attain the job of your choice? You will
need to prepare marketing tools (resume, cover letters, business cards); do you have a
current resume that describes all of your experience and skills?
- Put your plans into action. Action requires self-discipline and organization.
You are embarking upon a marketing campaign, to secure for yourself a position that will
allow you to achieve your fullest potential in the job market. The steps mentioned in No. 3
need to be in place at this juncture.
- Regularly review your career progress. This last step cannot be overemphasized.
Review all the steps you have taken and assess whether or not you are on course or off track.
Sometimes revision is necessary to meet the needs of both yourself and the job market.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.
Among his credentials, Paul Hastings is a Certificated Professional Career Consultant. His past experience includes: employment counselor, job search consultant, work experience coordinator, career development consultant, mental health services professional, and a published writer. Paul Hastings Consulting Group, situated in Victoria, BC, Canada, has been involved in Human Resources work for over a decade, working in the field of career development with clients from all walks of life. For more information on a Career Plan, Interest Inventories, or aptitude testing, Contact: Paul Hastings Consulting Group for more help. Copyright Paul Hastings Consulting Group.
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