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Creating A Career Plan to Get Where You Want to Be

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If no promotion happens internally within that year, it will be time to conduct a wider job search for that position outside the present employer for a supervisory position that will move them closer to their eventual goal.

Add Substance by Researching Your Career

Look for current job postings for positions that match your eventual goal as well as for the next position you hope to take.  Read the different requirements employers are looking for in these jobs and use this information to strengthen your plan.  Look for resumes on the web of people who have jobs like the ones you are aiming for and see if there's anything you can learn from the career paths they have taken. Pay attention to networking and industry organizations they belong to. If you qualify, you'll want to join these too.

Make Your Working Career Plan

Now you have all the elements of a functional career plan - you know where you are, where you want to be, and you have a path for getting from one place to the next so you can grow professionally and move towards your career dreams.   You will be making changes and adding to this as time goes on, but you have the basics of your career roadmap.  Organize all of this information into a typed document, and print out a copy you can keep somewhere close at hand and refer to often.

Work The Plan

What's the next right step you need to take to get to the next level in your Career? Do you need to take some classes so you'll be able to move into another industry? Do you need to take on some different responsibilities in your present position so you can list those skills on your resume? Once you have your working plan, jump in and take the first step, no matter how big or how small. If you need to go back to school, start by getting ahold of the applications for admission. If you need to beef up your experience in some areas, see if you can negotiate these into your current job. The first step of any new adventure is always the hardest, so put that hurdle behind you now by doing at least one thing from your career plan today.

Take Your Career Plan Public

Now that you have a plan for where you want to go, share it with others who may be able to help.  See what networking and professional organizations exist for the type of jobs you want and join them.  Go to industry events and meetings and make friends with people in related positions.  Let people know what you do, what you'd like to do next, and where you would like to see yourself one day.  Let your friends, relatives and mentors know about your plan too.  The more people who know what you want to do, the more help you'll get in uncovering opportunities that can move you toward the career of your dreams.

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