We all aspire to great careers — with jobs that we find fulfilling, that have cooperative workmates, that have bosses who respect us and our abilities, that have the potential for upward mobility, and that compensate us fairly.
So, happens when our career goals are not being fulfilled?
Here are some observations from By J.T. O’Donnell, Founder and CEO, CareerHMO.com — writing for Inc.:
“Step 1: Get clear on your pivot. You need to choose a new career direction based on the facts. What problems do you want to solve? What skills do you want to leverage? How do you want to provide value to an employer? The more specific you can be about your new career direction, the easier it will be to connect the dots and get a new job doing what you want.” [Click the preceding link to access a free quiz.]
“Step 2: Create an ‘interview bucket list.’ A targeted, proactive job search always produces better results. When you identify the companies you would most like to work for, you can build a job search plan that lets you work smarter.” [Click the preceding link to access interview bucket list tips.]
“Step 3: Make new career friends. It still holds true that 80 percent of all jobs are obtained via referral. If you are changing careers, you need to meet people who are working for the companies on your interview bucket list.”
“Step 4: Seek a ‘lily pad’ job. Getting a job at a company that has the kind of career opportunities you want to move into might start with you doing something for them that leverages the skills you gained in the career you’re trying to get out of. Once you’ve got your foot in the door, you can use your professional savvy to impress the employer into giving you a shot at doing what you really want to do.”
Click the image to read tips from O’Donnell regarding each of the above steps.
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What are the biggest challenges facing product (brand) managers?
Recently, the 280 Group conducted a comprehensive survey of product managers: “The results contain data from over 850 Product Managers and Product Management team leaders about the biggest challenges faced in their organizations. The final report also includes recommendations for how to avoid the most common challenges faced.”
Click the image for a larger version of the infographic. And click here, to download the full report. [You must provide a working E-mail address. The report is free.]
Recently, Zarb School of Business Distinguished Professor Joel Evans of Hofstra University did an extended radio interview with Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D. on self-branding from different perspectives and across our diverse roles. Self-branding — how we see ourselves and how we want to be perceived by others — is a key to long-term personal and career success.
In this post, we are including Part 3 of the interview, which is broken into three parts/posts.
How can you use self-branding to consider what you want to do after college?
- Click on the self-assessment test URL at the Radio America page for this program. http://goo.gl/Fwdy9r
How can you use self-branding after retirement?
- We have to first ask ourselves what we want to do in our retirement? Be a volunteer, travel more, work part-time, be more active as a grandparent, serve on local boards, etc.?
- For each of these roles, we need a different (and maybe new) self-brand that we can project to others.
- Our self-brand should be reflective of the role we are pursuing.
- Here’s a personal example. I’m reaching the point where I am thinking about retiring from my full-time job in a couple of years.
- My wife thinks I’ll go crazy in retirement (HER perception of my self-brand).
- On the other hand, I have a good idea what I want to do then, as I recast my self-brand. I want to teach a graduate class at least once a year. I want to do volunteer work for a health-related nonprofit organization. I want to stay active in social media. I want to keep going to the gym and mingling with people there. I’m sure that as the time approaches, I will come up with more “to do” items. [Besides traveling more]
- No matter what, I will have a strong impact on how others see me.