At a cross-roads in your career? Not sure what you really want? Want to build a career, not just keep moving from job to job? Finding your perfect role can be a real challenge.
Spending some time reflecting and assessing yourself can really help you to find your career ‘fit’.
Here are 7 steps to get you started in mapping out your career journey.
‘Assessments’ can describe how you interact with others, how you prefer to communicate, and how others see you. If you are able to confidently and clearly describe your natural personality traits, behaviors, skills and ways of working – in person and through your LinkedIn profile, your cover letters, your CV and in interviews it gives you a real advantage on the competition!
When thinking about you perfect career it’s good to start off by identifying the unique blend of experience, behavior, personality, and skills. Clarity4D personal profiling helps with the behaviours and personality assessment.
Allocating some time reflecting on your experiences – what you’ve enjoyed, what’s gone well, and why helps to sign post you to identify the types of situations you’ve thrived the most in.
Identifying Competencies and Personal Skills
Identifying what you’re good at, what you like to do, and where they come together is the best way to figure out which opportunities to pursue when thinking about your career development.
Understanding your strengths and what’s not naturally ‘your thing’ helps you to describe your competencies and soft skills in a way that promotes the unique set of abilities that make you valuable. As you identify your skills, rank them in order of importance to you. You can start to investigate the types of roles that you’ll love and perform best in.
Gaining some 360 feedback from others that you’ve worked with previously, your friends and existing contacts is a great way for you to objectively assess your competencies and soft skills.
Identifying Your Personal Values
Together, your values and goals form the basis of your career search. When your personal and work values are aligned with the company you work for, you’re far more likely to be engaged in what you do.
Defining what is important to you and the company you work for will help you to find the right match. If you thrive best in an autonomous, creative and self-motivated environment, it’s no good looking for a job in a team or organisation governed by 100’s of processes, with strict rules and no opportunity for you to think for yourself.
If your family network is top of your values list, don’t look for a role that takes you away from home 4 nights a week or that means you can never do the school run – you won’t feel truly connected to what you do, you won’t be engaged, and your career won’t thrive!
Look for the match and don’t be afraid to turn down opportunities that don’t fit.
Identifying the Real You, Your Authenticity & Personal Brand
Learning to talk about and present your experience and skills in a way that really engages potential employers is the key piece to getting the job that you really want.
By taking everything you’ve learned in steps 1-3 in to account and getting comfortable with a personal brand that reflects you accurately and in the best light is when you feel at your proudest and your strongest in your career!
Identifying your brand will help you to get comfortable with the environments you’ll thrive in and identify your true, honest fit to roles and organisations. Be proud of what makes you different from others and sell it!
Identifying Target Careers & Companies
Now you can start to explore target careers, companies, and jobs. You have some filters to narrow down potential careers and you can start to identify prospective employers to approach that will give you what you need. You can identify your dream companies, careers and jobs and go for it!
Create Your Personal Marketing Materials
By now, you should have all the information you need to create the marketing materials that showcase your story, your skills and your brand – the person you want to present to potential employers.
You can build your CV, cover letters, social media profiles and a Linkedin profile that matches your brand and what you want to be seen as – remember that brand!
Networking, Interviewing, and Job Applications
Put yourself out there! Use LinkedIn, local networking, job fairs, and speculative inquiries to build your network. You’ll be amazed at the value this brings – not just in your current situation, but also in the long term! You never know when your path will cross someone that you’ve met before!
Spending some time researching organisations that you have identified as being of interest will help – You can also think about the local recruitment agencies that could be the best at selling you, your style and your skills.
Good luck in your career development journey!