Take a Step Back – Plan your Career Goals

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Many job seekers jump right into applying for jobs without first taking a step back to evaluate their career goals.

Failing to plan and think about your career could cost you career growth and thousands in lost wages.

The most important step in career planning is to clearly identify the type of job you are looking for.  This may seem obvious but surprisingly many people, regardless of age, don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.

Here are some basic steps you can take to plan your career path:

  1. Make a list of jobs you held in the past and create two columns.  One column for what you liked about the job and the other for what you didn’t like about the job.  This will help you establish a pattern of where your interests and strengths lie.
  2. Research potential occupations based on your interests using Onet Online.  Onet Online was created for the general public to provide broad access to occupational information.  Take the Onet Interest Profiler to find occupations based on your interests using this link https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip Here is an additional link to do more occupation research https://www.onetonline.org/find/
  3. Once you’ve narrowed down your occupation you’ll need to conduct labor market research.  Not sure what labor market information is?  In simple terms, it’s data that shows what occupations are in demand, occupation wages, occupation growth, etc.
    • To get this information visit this link https://www.onetonline.org/find/quick?s= You’ll type in your occupation and hit go.  A list of what it thinks you are looking for will pop up.  Click on the occupation you have chosen.  Scroll down to the section labelled Wages & Employment trends.  Review the info in this section and click on Local Salary Info and employment trends to get more detailed info.
    • Using the above information you should understand if the job you want is in demand and the average salary meets your needs.
    • Once you’ve determined you have the right occupation it’s time to start looking at job openings and apply!

Note – You should have an updated resume prior to completing online applications.  If you need advice on resumes click here.

 

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