How To Create A Career Plan That Really Works

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HOW TO CREATE A CAREER PLAN THAT REALLY WORKS

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If you are a recent college graduate or if you are looking to make a career transition the most effective way to proceed is by creating a career plan.

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Rather than formulating an idea in your head write it out and keep a copy readily available to check your progress or to make adjustments along the way.

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The following tips can help you develop a logical plan for pursuing your career goals.

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TARGET YOUR DREAM JOB

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Decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. The ideal position may morph over time.

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For example you could begin your career as a general practice nurse and eventually specialize to become a nurse anesthetist.

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Choose a career area field or industry where you would like to focus your professional efforts.

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INVENTORY YOUR CREDENTIALS

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Take stock of your achievements so far. Include: College degrees Certifications and licenses Extended learning meritorious service as an employee or volunteer  Job skills mastered to date

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You may be able to see patterns that will help you recognize your interests and strengths. Theres a good chance you would likely excel in a career that utilizes those qualities.

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ACKNOWLEDGE ANY WEAKNESSES

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Conversely note any lacks or weaknesses in your professional development to date.

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For example if you would like to work as a foreign language interpreter but have not yet mastered any languages you will have to address that need.

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SET SPECIFIC GOALS

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Instead of writing that you want to have a career position within six months for example indicate which career field interests you and what type of position you would like to have.

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List steps you will take to reach your goal such as:  Applying for twenty jobs each week  Posting a job-related blog on social media  Volunteering in your chosen career field to learn new skills and meet relevant professionals.

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ESTABLISH A TIMELINE

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Your timeline should be based on weekly and monthly career-oriented activities not just long-term goals.

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For example you could tweet or blog three days weekly about an area of expertise or you could apply for ten jobs a week.

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You can also join a business group and attend monthly luncheons. You might plan to contribute an article to a trade publication every three months.

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Make good use of your skill set to set and meet career objectives.

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IDENTIFY RELATED NEEDS

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Be realistic about monetary or time-related needs to address so that you can meet your goals. If you join a local business group you might have to buy a professional outfit to wear.

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Blogging or applying to jobs weekly might require ten hours or more of your time.

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In addition consider other reasonable needs that can help you meet your goals such as seeking out a mentor or hiring a career coach for a few sessions.

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PERSEVERE

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The important thing is to keep working at your job goals.

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You may get frustrated or prospects may appear slim but dont give up.

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Success might be just around the corner when you send out that next batch of applications or schedule another interview.

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Sometimes the best solution is to contact a recruiter and let them steer you to the perfect job.

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Rhino Search Group is a financial advisor recruiting firm that has relationships with all the top firms.

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Contact our financial advisor recruiters if you are looking to make a move or buy/sell a book of business.

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Visit the site: http://www.rhinosearchgroup.com/

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Rhino Search Group 8970 E Raintree Drive Suite 300 Scottsdale AZ 85260 480-361-9415 pkrhinosearchgroup.com

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