Throughout our The Job Front | Finding a Path to Your Purpose posts, we have been exploring how you can evolve your work life to be happier and more aligned with who you are. In this segment, we get tactical with career planning.
In these posts thus far, we worked through your inner workings and motivations using a creative exercise that helped you uncover what you need to be inspired and effective at work. Then, we set off to build the strategy that supports your the big picture. Now that you have a sense of who you are, we’ll dive deeper into where you want to go and how you’ll get there.
Grab your tactical gear and let’s get to it.
You have outlined where you’re heading. To translate your plan into action, take an inventory of the qualifications and experiences you have had and write them down.
Pull out old resumes for a memory jog or scan your LinkedIn profile. (If you don’t have one yet, get one!)
Tie your previous roles and responsibilities to your future gig by connecting the dots. Tell your value story. Even if you were “just an intern” or “just a secretary” or “are brand new to the field,” you have relevant experience that will lead to your success.
Focus on the business results you achieved – tangible and intangible. Did you drive sales? Or grow business? How did you reduce inefficiencies or improve culture?
You have brought very valuable skills to your current and previous organizations. Make a list of them, and if needed, update your resume.
By presenting the business case of your soft skills along with the quantifiable results you could offer – or have offered – to an organization, you are adding power to your presence. You will differentiate yourself as the strong performer that you are!
Next time, we’ll talk about how to create more time and space in your day to focus on the activities and items that will help you carve out the path you’re on. Who doesn’t love tips for getting more out of your day? We’ll see you there!
As always, we love to hear your thoughts, your best practices, your tips, tricks and techniques – and so does our community! So please share them below, and if someone in your tribe, network, company needs a little direction, share this post. We’re stronger together.