Is 2023 going to be your year? Now is the tie to start your career planning. If you want to start the New Year off on the right foot, spend some time developing your career plan this month to hit the ground running when you flip the calendar page. Here is our advice to help get you started.
Do Your Homework
Now is the time to research your next steps. Do your homework to learn more about the market, your skills and experience, and how you can fit into your industry of choice. Do a self-assessment to know your education, skills, knowledge, and interests so that you can move forward with a plan.
Consider Where Your Skills and Interests Meet
Now that you’ve assessed your background, it’s time to make some correlations. Look at the skills you have and your interests. Where do those things meet? What industries can help you apply your current skills in something that genuinely makes you excited?
Next, you need to establish goals for your next steps. This could be about gaining additional education or landing a great job. Use the SMART process of goal setting:
This process helps you focus on the goal and create individual tasks to help you reach it.
Make sure you’re making use of your time for networking as well. You never know where your next opportunity can be found to expand your reach. Keep in touch with former coworkers and managers who may have moved on to other companies. Expand your network on LinkedIn. Follow your top companies on other social media platforms. Attend events and conferences in your area.
Apply with a Staffing Agency
You don’t have to handle your career plan on your own. There are professionals trained to help you land a great job. Applying with a recruiter will give you another tool in your tool belt for finding an opportunity. They often have access to jobs that aren’t yet public and can be your cheerleaders and salesperson by presenting you to their clients.