One of the most important things you can do is to take time to plan your career roadmap for 2014. A career plan will help you reach your goals this year whether it’s changing jobs, careers, or simply getting more out of your current job.
Not quite there yet? Updated your resume and then stalled? Or worse, didn’t get started yet? No worries. It may already be March, but it’s also still just March – we have nine months to go!
Don’t beat yourself up too much It’s estimated that 90% of our daily lives is spent doing routine tasks, but habit can be a bad thing. As the saying goes: “if you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’re going to keep on getting what you’ve always got.”
I’ll break down the steps over the next couple of posts. For now, the first step is taking stock and assessing where you are.
To figure out where you’re going, you must first look at where you’ve been. Here are some questions to help you assess where you are:
• What are you most proud of this past year — personally, and professionally?
• What went right this year?
• Did you receive any awards or recognition this year?
• Did you take on any additional responsibility this year? If so, what?
• How did you take initiative in your job this year?
• Have you learned any new skills?
• Did you earn any certifications or licenses?
Record this information – be it in a Microsoft Word file on your computer, a note in Evernote, a series of emails you send to yourself (be sure to use email tags so you’re able to find the emails again!), or even a physical notebook. And in the coming year, take time to record your accomplishments as you go through the year instead of waiting until the end of the year.
Look at opportunities for improvement in your career. How does your salary stack up against your peers? Is your current position in alignment with your priorities and your core values? Where is change needed? Take note of the following:
• Current job title -
• State Date (month/year) of current job –
• Current salary (base/bonus) –
• What I like most about my current job –
• What I would want to change about my current job -
In my next post, I’ll help you define your goal and identify what your ideal job looks like. Want some help to get started? Contact us!