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Career Planning Tips

Your Guide to Career  Planning Tips

   In today’s business world, when everything is changing and evolving very quickly, managers and professionals have to take control of their own career planning. The times when your boss appraised your skills and abilities and sent you off to a training session are gone. You are the only one in charge and responsible for developing your career and your professional-self.

Here are some career planning tips to help you plan better:

Start with a fair assessment of where you are, and what do you currently have? What skills and strengths do you possess? What kind of expertise? Secondly, identify your “brand”. What is it that you do best? Where do you shine? What are the areas in which you are not merely good, you are excellent? What stimulates and inspires you the most? What are you passionate about? Take the time to write them all down.

Visualize – what would your ideal career look like? What marketplace would allow you to use your strengths and unique talents? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Look back at those career experiences that made you happy and allowed you the space to leverage your skills. Elevate those experiences by analyzing what made them satisfactory. What positive elements do you still preserve from them? Best practices and your expertise are going to be the foundation of your future career. Even if you decide to completely change sector, you still need to hold-on to those gems of the past, build upon them and develop you unique “brand”.  It all starts with the inner you! By becoming aware of your talents, special skills, special EXPERTISE, you will be able to find the right tools to change or enhance your career.

Plan – it’s time to develop an action plan! The action plan is the tool that will show you the steps needed to go from where you are to where you want to be. It will help you focus on activities that are mandatory to attain your goals. It will also develop a measurable path with benchmarks and indicators for success. Start your plan by developing 2-3 main goals for your future career. To help develop those goals start with the future image of you in 5 years. Apply the SMART Model when crafting your goals. It  structures the process. Your next step is listing all the activities needed to reach those goals. This is the meat of your plan – the action part!!! If your goal is to change industry, then your activities would be:

- Do research on the industry, the income potential, the hiring rates etc. – by June, 2012 
- Sign-up for a training course on XXXXX – by Sept, 2012

- Update and polish my resume – by Oct, 2012

By doing this you will be able to keep track of the accomplishments. For example, if by Sept, 2012 you have not even done your research on the industry, you are definitely not serious about changing or improving your career.

More Career Planning Tips!

 If you like your present career and your present employer, but still want to move-up in the agency, then assess possible gaps and plan on how to fill those gaps.

Attend training or workshop sessions, if need be.

Apply for internal positions. Inform your boss! Be honest about your intensions.

Create connections and networks within the agency.

Sell yourself – let people see your qualifications, skills, commitment and above all loyalty.

Offer to go the extra mile in emergency situations. You will be noticed!


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Our Decision Making & Problem Solving Resources

Decision Making SkillsDecision making skills are an important aspect of the manager's job. Making decisions is a difficult process that consists of identifying and selecting alternatives, criteria and possible outcomes, to improve a situation.

Decision Making Steps - The five decision making steps presented here can be used in an individual or group decision making process.

Decision Making Tips - Decision making tips that will help you become a better decision maker.

Group Decision Making  - Group decision making is a process and a tool that helps to identify and bring together all the available alternatives to any context that requires solutions or changes. 

Rational Decision Making Process - The Rational Decision Making Process is a cognitive process which is made up of a logical step by step process.

Split Second Decision Making - In this kind of decision making we must focus on a small set of key factors which influence the decision rather than on a large number of factors, solutions and possible outcomes.

Problem Solving Techniques - Because problems are unavoidable, managers spend a good portion of their time seeking problem solving techniques.

                 Our Team Building Resources

Team Building Skills - Team Building Skills are essential for your effectiveness as a manager. Molding a group of people into a coherent, synergetic team requires a good understanding of the importance of team building as well as a good attitude, careful planning and consistency. 

Team Building Strategies - These successful team building strategies are designed to boost your team's morale and  support a new approach into building a high performing team willing to overdeliver.

Team Building in the Workplace - Traditionally, team building in the workplace has not been a top-priority for organizations. While the attention was focused on increasing productivity or serving clients the tendency was to neglect the most valuable asset; the human asset, employees.

Employee Empowerment - Employee Empowerment can not be achieved without building human capacity.

Free Team Building Activities - Team building activities are a great opportunity to motivate staff, stimulate "out of the box" thinking and solve problems by recognizing challenges and building on strengths.

Team Building Ideas - Many teams work better when they are able to spend some time away from work interacting with each other and letting their hair down. Here are 5 great team building ideas for your team.

Employee Motivation Program - Traditionally an employee motivation program was designed to motivate the employees to do their jobs better. Nowadays, it has become an incorporated practice that involves organizational structures, career advancement, personal development, decision making and problem solving powers. 

         Our Communication Resources

Effective Business Communication - Effective business communication is key to your effectiveness as a manager.  You cannot be successful if you cannot communicate effectively. 

Definition of Business Communication -
The definition of business communication has taken a whole new meaning in today's  environment  with technology, virtual teams, horizontal sharing etc.

Good Listening Skills -
You can have good listening skills. You can stop some of the main causes that prevent you from becoming an effective listener. All you have to do is make a few changes in your work environment and in your approach to listening. 

Effective email communication -
Effective email communication is often an overlooked business skill, when you think about the fact that over 80% of our communication is now done over email; it pays to be good at this skill.

Effective Communication in the Workplace - It does not matter if you work for a company that has nine employees or 9,000; effective communication in the workplace is an essential part of any organization.

How to Improve Communication Skills - In order to improve communication skills, you must know exactly what it is. The word communicate is rooted in the Latin word communicate, which means to make common or to share.

     Our Time Management Resources

Time Management Activities: Controlling your time seems impossible at times. There's just too much to do, too many deadlines to meet and only 24 hours in a day. Relax! Accept the fact that you have all the time available to do what you must do!
But, are you doing what you must? Are you meeting your priorities? Find out with these time management activities.

Time Management Tips :To achieve all your goals and become a successful manager, you must get your time under control. Here are some time management tips to get you started in organizing your life and increase productivity without draining all your resources.

Importance of Time Management: The first step to better managing your time is to be completely self-aware of the importance of time management and its benefits in your life.

Effective Delegation: Delegation is not a sign of weakness. It’s an opportunity to empower and discover potential, new talents and skills.

Definition of time management - In a nutshell, time management is the ability to manage time using a range of skills, tools and techniques to effectively manage tasks, projects, goals and schedules.

Time Management Tools - Better time management is made possible with the right time management tools.There is a wide range of tools to help you use your time efficiently and double your productivity without doubling effort.

Time Management Chart - A Time Management Chart is one of the most effective ways of planning your time.

Why is Time Management Important - If you have reached this page then you are probably asking yourself; Why is time management important? With the quickened pace of the modern world, teams are expected to produce quality results on a tighter schedule .

Learning Time Management Skills -  Learning time management skills is crucial not only for a successful career but for every aspect of your personal development.

Time Management Quotes - A great collection of time management quotes!

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