Create a good career plan

Create a good Career Plan

It is important to create a good career plan.  This means setting aside the time to think about what you like, what you are good at, and what jobs are a good match for your interests.  Consider where you want to be in one year, five years, ten years or even twenty years.  After consideration of what you could do best, create a good career plan that will career you through the coming years.

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The first place to start is to create a good career plan is to look at yourself.  Assess your values, skills, capabilities, and interests.  What do you like to do? Can you make money at it?

The next step is to evaluate the job market.  What jobs are in demand.  What jobs pay the kind of salary that you desire?  What are the minimum qualifications to get the job you desire.

Next, close the gap by obtaining any skills or knowledge needed to do the job you desire.  Fill in any gaps or holes between your capabilities and job needs.  As you close these holes, you will find that you are well prepared for the job you desire.

Once you have prepared well, apply for the job you desire.  Market yourself to potential employers until you find your dream job.  Once you have landed the job, be sure to continue with professional development to ensure that you continue to upgrade your skills on the job.

On a regular basis conduct a career planning session to evaluate what you would like to change or improve, create a good career plan that will carry to you to the next step on the career ladder.  This will ensure that you have ongoing professional growth and development in the job of your dreams.

Don’t delay, but start in and create a good career plan to give yourself a boost in the marketplace.  If you do so, it will pay big dividends in terms of job satisfaction and pay.  The value of a good career plan can’t be overstated.  It will bring value, satisfaction, and a likely a pass increase as you land that dream job.

Five Step Skills Improvement Plan

Five Step skills improvement plan



The five step skills improvement plan can be a quick way to plan to improve your skills that will help you success in the workplace.  Take the time to work through each step and you will soon find that you have a new skill that you can put to good use.

First, conduct a self-assessment.

A self-assessment allows you to determine what your skills currently are.  You may decide to develop new skills or you may want to strengthen existing skills. Consider the skills that you have an interest in developing that could be used on the job.

Second, evaluate skills needed in business.

Consider developing or strengthening a skill commonly used in business.  This could include communication, listening, problem solving, computer and technology skills, organization, productivity or team work skills.  While you may want all of these skills, consider which one you would like to focus on first.

Third, decide what skill you will develop.

Make a decision about the skill you will develop.  This involves consideration of your skills, your interests, and well as business needs.  Select a skill that will help you on the job and make a difference in the workplace and your ability to find a job.

Fourth, practice and learn the new skill.

Set specific goals to practice and learn the new skills.  Decide what you will do each day to strengthen the skill you have an interest in.  You may need to devote 30 minutes a day to learning a new computer program, listening, or solving problems in order to practice and learn the new skills. Don’t be discouraged if it seems hard. All new things are hard at first.

Fifth, use the new skill.

Once you have put the time in to learn the new skill look for ways to keep using the skill.  The more you do it, the easier it will become.  Add the skill to your resume and let your boss know about your new skill.  You may find you have earned yourself a promotion without even applying for a new job!

As you use the five step skills improvement plan, you will soon find that you have the new skill you desired and a new promotion as well.

5 Steps to Plan for a Dream Job

5 steps to plan for a dream job

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Use 5 steps to plan for a dream job.  Take action to complete each step and soon you will be working at a new job of your dreams.

One. Evaluate to determine what your dream job would be. 

What would you be doing? Where would you live? What kind of work environment would it be? Who would you work with?

Two. Make a plan to get your dream job. 

Decide what you need to do to close the gap between your current knowledge and skills and the knowledge and skills for the dream job.

Three. Visualized your dream job.

Think about it every day as you work towards your plan. Keeping the end goal in mind will help you move towards your goal.

Four. Work hard. 

Do what it takes to work your plan.  Get the education, training, and skills you need to achieve your dream job.

Five. Sell yourself. 

Once you have prepared for your dream job let people know of your skills and capabilities that  will allow you to succeed in the dream job.

Resources to help you  find your dream job

Here are  some resources to help you move forward to achieve your dream job.

As you take action to follow the 5 steps to plan for a dream job, you will soon find yourself working in a happy work environment. You can be the one with the job of your dreams as you evaluate, plan, visualize, work hard, and sell yourself.  A few simple steps will get you where you want to be.  Success is just a step away!




Start the New Year with a Career Plan

Start the New Year with a Career Plan

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Start the new year with a career plan.

This starts by evaluating your values, skills, and interests.  Ask yourself a few questions to determine what you really want to be doing.


  • What do I care about?
  • What do I want to give back to the community?
  • How can I help others?
  • What kind of work is meaningful to me?
  • What are my ethical standards?


  • What am I good at?
  • Which capabilities do I already have?
  • What job skills do I have that would transfer to a different setting?
  • Which job skills would I like to develop in the coming year?
  • What do I need to do to develop those skills?


  • What do I like to do?
  • How do is use my free time?
  • Which activities keep my attention?
  • What could I do all day and not even feel like I was working?
  • Which hobbies do I have that may relate to a job?

Once you have evaluated your values, skills, and interest you will know what you want to do, like to do, and are good at.  This can lead you to the next step to evaluate your goals, education and vision.  Here are a few questions to help you evaluate this.


  • What is my career goal?
  • How can I take steps to achieve my career goal?
  • Which skills or capabilities could I develop that would improve my career options?
  • What do I need to do to take the next step towards my career goal?
  • Will my career goal make me happy?


  • What education and training do I need to improve my skills?
  • How could education help me reach my career goals?
  • What education would be useful to expand my career options?
  • Are there formal or informal trainings available to meet my needs?
  • How could I get career training while I am still at my current job?


  • How can I keep my goals and career plan in mind?
  • What can I do each day to remind myself of my goals?
  • Will my goals and career plan bring me a good work/life balance and happiness?
  • Who can I share my vision with to help me reach my goals?
  • What can I do today to reach my vision?

As you put your goals, education, and vision in place you can move forward to achieve the career goal of your dreams.

The Key to Success is Career planning

The Key To Success is Career planning

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The key to success is planning. Make it a point to regularly assess your career, decide where you want to go next, and make a plan. This will ensure that you have the continued successful career of your choice.


Key to Success is Career planning – Assess

At least once a year evaluate your career to see how you are doing. Ask yourself if you are doing what you want to be doing. Evaluate whether your current job involves doing what you like to do. Look at what you have accomplished and learned in the past year. List the skills you have developed and consider how they would transfer to a different job. Evaluate your weaknesses and opportunities of areas you can improve in.


Review business trends, growth, and patterns that would impact the job area you are in or want to be in. Look at opportunities in your field, area of interest, and your company to see how you can “grow” your career. Look at your career/life balance to see if it is the way you like it. If not consider how to change.


Key to Success is Career planning – Decide


Reflect on your interests, needs, station in life, and job demands. Consider what has changed in the last year that would change your job needs. Set career and job goals.  Determine what you want to accomplish in the coming year. Consider whether training or education  would enhance your skills and help you move to the next level or to a more desired job.


Key to Success is Career planning – Plan

Make a plan about how to take the next steps to move to what you want to do next

Divide your plan into measurable tasks that you can accomplish.


Because the key to career success is career planning,  you want to spend the time to plan. It will be worth your time. Take the time to assess, decide and implement your career plan to move forward to your career goals.


Tune up your career by setting SMART goals

Tune up your career by setting SMART goals

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Tune up your career by setting SMART goals.  The best goals are SMART goals.  SMART goals are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time based.


When you set specific goals, you have a greater chance of reaching your goal.  Make sure  that you have identified what you want to accomplish.  What is your target job?  What is your dream job?  Where is your dream job?  How long will it take you to prepare for that job?  What do you  need to do to prepare for that job?  Identify and visualize very specifically the job you want.


If you can measure your goal then you can determine how you will succeed.  Determine what you will measure and take a measurement to know where you are now.  For example, with a target career goal, you could measure the amount of money you earn now with a target to earn more.  In the alternative, you could rate your job satisfaction in your current job and then rate your satisfaction in your target job.  These are outcome measure that measure the final result.

You can also measure your progress.  Consider how to  measure how much time you devote each day to career development.  You could measure the number of people you contact about a job.  Identify a way to measure the things you do each day as you move towards your goal.


Your final goal should be reachable.  Is it really something you can do?  If you are mid-career and want to be a doctor, do you have the years left to prepare for and go to medical school?  If your goal isn’t attainable maybe you can find a close substitute that you will still enjoy.

Make sure that you can actually achieve what it is you want to achieve.  This makes your goal realistic and doable.


The goal should be something you are willing and able to do.  If you want to learn to speak French do you have the commitment to learn a new language and practice every day?  Do you have the time that it takes to do this?  Make sure that your goal is something you can actually work towards considering your current circumstances.


Time Based

Your goal should have a timeline. When do you want to reach your goal?  Is your timeline realistic?  If you want to learn a new profession you will need to devote the time to further education and schooling. If you need to develop a skill, then you need to focus on the time needed for actual skill development.  Make sure your timeline is realistic.

Set time markers to evaluate how you are doing. For example, maybe you set a goal to have a  new job in 1 year.  You decide to measure it by making 5 job contacts a day.  You make the contacts.  Every three months you decide to evaluate and see if you need to “adjust” the way you are doing things.  This allows you to be more effective as you continue towards your goal.

Web Links

Here are some web links with further information on SMART goals setting.







By setting SMART goals, you can move forward towards the job of your dreams!

Career Tune-up with a 4 step plan to be promoted

Career Tune-up with a 4 Step plan to be promoted

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Conduct a career tune-up with a 4 step plan to be promoted.  First, you want to do your homework.  Second, set your goal.  Third. Take action and Fourth. Ask for a promotion.  Let’s look at how to do this.

First. Do your homework.

You do your homework when you find out what your company needs in terms of skills sets to be promoted.  Does your company need someone with management experience? People skills? Good communication? Problem Solving skills?  As your boss, your human resource representative, or someone at a higher level in the organization than  you are what you can do to prepare.

Also take the time to research jobs that would be a next step up for you.  Look at the skills they are looking for, consider how this relates to your skills set.  Find out what those moving up the corporate ladder need to be able to do.

Second. Set your goal.

Once you have identified the skills you need to move up the corporate ladder, make a list of the skills you need to develop to function at a high level job.  From your skill list set your goals.  Determine which skills to develop and set a timeline of what you will do each day and each week to develop those skills.  Remember, good goals should be specific and measureable.  Plan and develop the skills to move up the corporate ladder.

Third. Take action.

Do what you said you would do to reach your goals.  If your goal is to be able to lead a committee meeting, then practice preparing a meeting agenda, holding a meeting, and sticking to the agenda.  Whatever your goal is practice it and then practice some more.  As you take action to reach your goals your skills will expand and you will better be in a position for the promotion.

Fourth. Ask for the promotion.

Once you have developed the skills needed for a higher paying job, then ask for the promotion.  You may be able to do this within your own organization, or you may need to look outside your company for a new job with a higher level of responsibility.  Sell your new skills to land the dream promotion you have been waiting for.

Use the 4 step plan to be promoted. It is as simple. Start by doing your homework, setting your goals, and taking action.  Finally, ask for that promotion!

Make a Career Tune-up: Plan to get Experience

Make a Career Tune-up: Plan to get Experience

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As part of your career tune-up plan on ways to get experience.  There are a number of ways that you can get the experience you need.  You can volunteer, take part in an internship or externship, do an apprenticeship, or find a mentor to guide you through individual experiences.  As you add to your experience and expertise, you will find that you are better qualified for your dream job.



Volunteer work can be a great way to contribute to your community.  It can also be a great way to gain skills and experience that can transfer to a paying job. Your experience through community service may also provide you with contacts with others who are willing to serve as a job reference. Take a look at some online resources for volunteer work: Volunteer Match, 211, or Peace Corp.


Some volunteers are able to do work in the setting where they hope to find future work so that they start to feel comfortable in that setting and how it is organized.  Consider what type of volunteer work would match your needs and interests.  Sign up and add some volunteer experience to your resume.



Internships and externships are school based work experiences.  They give a college student exposure to real-life work settings within the career path. An internship is a temporary work experience.  The student has the opportunity to gain skills and experiences in the desired field and the company has the opportunity to train potential employees. Some internships are paid and some are not paid.  Some internships may also count for academic credit.  Be sure to be clear on the nature of the internship before beginning.

Externships are similar to internships, but are shorter.  They typically involve job shadowing for a few days or a couple of weeks.  They offer learning experience, but are more focused on observing, while internships are more focused on doing. A class may require a short externship to encourage students to observe the field they are going in to.


An apprenticeship combines training on the job with instruction so that the worker learns the practicalities of a new skill or occupation.  Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, labor groups, or employer associations. The Department of Labor has links to opportunities for apprenticeships by state.

An apprenticeship can give you good on the job training where you learn to do the job and are paid for the job all at the same time.

Find a Mentor

A mentor can help guide you along your career path by individually coaching you on what you need to know and by encouraging individual development along your career path.  Depending upon the mentor, they may simply touch base and offer advice for you to follow.  Other mentors may choose to “take you along” and introduce you to others in the field and the profession.

Look for and seek out a mentor who can guide you to the next step in your career path.  This can be rewarding for both you and the mentor.


Put a plan to get experience in place as part of your career tune-up.   Consider how you could volunteer,   participate in an internship or externship, do an apprenticeship, or find a mentor.   Taking the time to get experience will pay off in helping you reach your long range career goals.