Do you have the right tools for your career planning? A very important part of your job search and transition is having the right tools that can do the best job. Here are a few that can cover each part of your job search.
- Assessments: Assessments can be used as evidence and are the best opportunity to learn more about your motivations, interests, values, and skill sets. This can provide dividends for your career. As a certified Skill Scan practitioner, I help clients understand how skill sets can transform resume strategy and content. 360 assessments are also helpful because you will learn how other people see you.
To Do: Find out what makes you tick by taking an assessment. This knowledge can be used to discover if you are targeting the right career.
- Position Descriptions: These can be sourced or self-written. If you had the opportunity to write your job description, what would it be? Is it an exact match with what you are doing now? Take the time to evaluate so you can lay a path for what should come next.
To Do: Write your “dream job description” within the next 5 days. Use it to compare where you are today.
- Foundation Resume: A foundation resume is a great place to assemble your accomplishments and career history in one place. It is more structured than a source document, but not quite polished enough to be submitted “as is”. Instead, it should be used as the first place you can look for trends within your work history.
To Do: Within the next 2 weeks, gather all resumes and begin compiling your foundation resume. It’s great to have everything in one place. Remember to update as necessary.
- 30-Second Summary: Build and practice multiple versions of your elevator pitch. Having a good way to describe your skills and accomplishments will be critical in addition to helping with your confidence. You can use this summary at networking events and any place you encounter people because everyone can be helpful to you during your job search.
To Do: Go to an event in the next 2 weeks and use your 30-second summary that is tailored to the environment.
- College Transcripts: I’m always surprised by how many clients do not have an unofficial transcript readily available. You may need this for dates and courses, possibly for a civilian resume and definitely for a federal resume.
To Do:Make sure you have all transcripts that reflect the courses you’ve taken throughout your career. If not, contact your schools today for a copy.
All of these tools deserve special attention during your job search as you never know what they may mean for your career path.
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