These days there is no such thing as a job for life – as the economy is hit by a crisis, companies often have to lay off people in order to survive. So given this scenario, who is in charge of your career?
The answer is that there is only one person who can be in charge of your career and that is you! It is time to turn things round so that you are back in the driving seat. By following the following 3 steps you can ensure that while you may not have a job for life with the same company, you can have a career for life.
- Be proactive, create a job search strategy and put in place a clear career plan to assist in you in having the career you want. This should involve not only continuously reviewing your skill set to make sure that you have skills and experience that are transferable from one employer to another, but also doing your research, having a strong and up-to-date CV that conveys the value you can add to a business by providing evidence of your abilities, and it is also important to expand your network.
- Like all the best selling products, if you want to stand out you need to have a clear brand which is easily recognizable and is conveyed throughout your entire job search strategy. This brand will help you to stick to your values, the things that are important to you, and be your guiding principle when deciding to go after a new job or promotion. To create a clear brand, you need to consider how you wish to be seen as well as how others see you. In other words, it’s all about having a clear message about who we are and what makes us unique.
- Write down your SMART career goals, by writing them down they are easier to follow and you can then track your progress – with each small step taking you that bit further along your path to career success.
By following these steps, you will then be ready when an opportunity comes knocking!