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A Career Management Strategy © Miles Lauzon January 19, 2010
A Career Management Strategy Outline your objectives Develop an Implementation Plan Acquire the Knowledge and Skills you need to “make it happen” Stay “Connected” to the world outside your job © Miles Lauzon
A Career Management Strategy Outline Your Objectives Doing what “turns your crank” Career Advancement Service and Volunteerism Work – Life Balance Compensation Retirement Options Priorities? Consistency? Realism? © Miles Lauzon
A Career Management Strategy Develop an Implementation Plan Prepare to get the job you want Prepare for the day you are fired Actively manage your work – life balance Have a financial plan Start early. Be diligent. Make yourself promotable © Miles Lauzon
A Career Management Strategy Acquire the Knowledge and Skills you need to “make it happen” Objective needs analysis Interpersonal, technical, business? Know a lot about a little or know a little about a lot? © Miles Lauzon
Acquire the skills and knowledge to make it happen Some areas to consider for broader knowledge and self improvement: Effective Communications Psychology Accounting and finance Economics Marketing Competitive business strategies Salesmanship Negotiating Human Resources Management Personal Financial and Estate Planning Stress Management © Miles Lauzon
A Career Management Strategy Stay “connected” to the world outside your job Networking An ongoing, active communication among people with similar business and professional interests Get involved in professional, industry and community organizatons © Miles Lauzon
Stay Connected to the world outside your job Networking Where does your network come from? Classmates Work colleagues Former Bosses Former colleagues, suppliers, customers, competitors 5 to 10 “headhunters” People you meet. Always carry your business card How many Active “Inner Circle” Active “Outer Circle” Acquaintances © Miles Lauzon
Stay Connected to the world outside your job Networking Some guidelines Be genuine, honest and respectful of people’s time Respect privacy and confidences. Don’t spread rumours Be prepared to give more than you get DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU NEED A NETWORK TO BEGIN BUILDING ONE © Miles Lauzon
Develop and Implementation Plan Prepare yourself to get the job that you want Professional resume and focussed cover letter Learn and practise interview skills Carefully assess your leverage. Know what is negotiable Know what your are signing Acknowledging company policies Confidentiality and Non Compete Employment Contract Throughout the process, be mature, respectful and businesslike © Miles Lauzon
Develop and Implementation Plan Prepare yourself for the day you are fired Understand the situation and how it is likely to unfold Manage your reaction to get “the most” from the situation. Goals: Fair treatment Preserve relationships Leave as many doors open as possible Know your rights and your options Employment Standards Offer letter or employment contract Prevailing practice Have a “loss of income” emergency plan © Miles Lauzon
Develop and Implementation Plan Proactively manage your work – life balance equation Understand what brings you satisfaction Challenge and sense of accomplishment Belonging to a team Money Personal and family time Activities outside of your job and family Expectations: yours and your employer’s Be prepared to live with the consequences of your decisions If you are not where you want to be, fix it © Miles Lauzon
Develop and Implementation Plan Have a Financial Plan Happiness is matching lifestyle to income Understand all the components of your compensation package Become a prudent investor, not a gambler. Learn at least the basics of the tax laws Make rational decisions on insurance Use rigour and your analytical skills to Evaluate alternatives and opportunities Manage risk © Miles Lauzon
Develop and Implementation Plan Make yourself promotable Get results No results with good reasons ≠ Results Learn to manage conflict and make groups function better Build a constituency of support “Your failure = My Success” doesn’t work for long Hire people who are smarter than you Continually improve your knowledge and skills © Miles Lauzon
A Career Management Strategy © Miles Lauzon January 19, 2010
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