I am doing more original blog posts because I do have a lot to share and am finding my own voice to do so.
When it comes to your resume and finding your next step, the most important thing is to have a plan. What is your next step? Are you looking from the comfort of a steady job? Is this a time of unemployment you are anxious to move out of? All of these circumstances impact both your resume and your job search plan.
If you are looking for your next step while gainfully employed, you have the luxury of getting a paycheck while looking. You also have the issue of not being too blatant about your search unless you have already told management you are moving on. I had one client who was working for a non profit where he had great relationships with management and he informed them that he would be looking to move back to the for profit world and they were okay with it. He then could use LinkedIn and other networking abilities to find his next step without worrying about being pushed out and / or otherwise in trouble with current management.
Irregardless on your relationships at your current company, you probably want to keep your search plans confidential because you want to be able to continue at your current position if nothing opens up. It makes sense to apply internally for any positions higher up than you if it fits your career plan.
If you do not have a career plan, please take the time to make one. Are you unhappy about particular pieces of your job and / or industry? Is it a piece of company culture that does not work for you (maybe super long hours are required). What are you looking for more responsibility, more growth options or maybe more pay. Pay, of course, is an important thing but it should not be the most important because if you are unhappy with other things, the pay will never be enough to make you happy.
Do you have a career plan? If yes, how did you design it? If you do not have one, my suggestions are to do the following:
1) What makes you happy? What would you like to learn?
2) What type of organization structure works best for you? Do you like to work alone or with others?
3) What motivates you? Do you like to do new things, travel, etc?
4) What position would be perfect for your skills and talents?
5) What industry?
You might not know these things and that is why it is important to have mentors and a network to rely on for feedback and even to interview people from your network about their positions and industries to find out more about them.
Tomorrow's post will be about looking for a position while unemployed. What do you think about needing a career plan for finding your next step while currently employed? Let me know in the comments below. Happy hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen