Well, one of the first things you need is time and energy! To understand the world of work and perform a quality job search and career plan, you need to spend quality time with yourself and lots of other people to identify your career goals, classify and organizing resources and information, get to know your skills, source out what training you have for the job and what training you may require, and you need to be able to critique information to make informed decisions and choices.
You need to be able to link the information you have gathered to yourself and match your skills, training and experience to the job. So, on a practical level, how do you go about doing all of that?
You need to look at the economy. You need to know what is happening at your local level, in your own community. You need to know what is happening at the regional level; or even perhaps for your career, you want to know what is happening nationally and internationally. Is there a job in your field? Does your career look like its expanding or decreasing?
You want to do research. If you want to change careers, you will want to explore different assessments, tests and inventories to define your skills, talents, characteristics and your values and beliefs. You want to be leading edge in your job search; therefore, you want to find information and resources that are current and apply to you personally. As well, it will be important to find out where you can find these resources. They may be available at libraries, employment centres, union halls, newspapers, magazines, or on the Internet. It’s important that you talk to everyone you know. You will want to design a script for people so they know what you are seeking, why you are seeking it, what you will do with the information, and make sure you stay in contact with people who will be of benefit to you during your job search.
You will want to explore training opportunities. Are there courses or programs that you can take to upgrade your skills? Where do you get the training? How much does it cost? Can I get it locally, or do I have to travel somewhere to get it; or maybe it’s offered online over the Internet? And most importantly, will it benefit your job opportunities in the future. There are 100s of training centres, both in public systems and private schools where you can upgrade skills through quality training. You want to make sure the training centre is an accredited school or institution and you will get certification for your efforts and money.
You may want to explore many of these resources with a professional counselling person. A person who has many resources available to them; or at least knows how to find the information quickly for you. With the vast amount of information available to a person who is doing a job search, it is well worth your time to invest in counselling. Counsellors can help you set goals, will share information that is relevant to your job search, have background information about industries at their finger tips, know what assessments are quality and which ones are junk; and help you understand the job possibilities for you personally. They are equipped with a great deal of information about education and training possibilities and institutions. And, if they are internet savvy, they will have lots of information to share with you on the Internet to assist you in finding work that best meets your needs.
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