You are the CEO of Your Career

Your employer has dismantled its career ladder. Now you must seriously give some thought to managing your career. You will need a strategy to take your career to the next level, and you must be agile, ready to pounce on unexpected opportunities. Even being willing to repackage your skills to move into a job that may not be on your preferred list now, for future positioning.

The better strategy is to pay attention to your reputation ensuring that it speaks to your abilities and value. The clearer your knowledge of your capabilities the better you will navigate anticipated or unexpected changes. Jobs and careers have always been dynamic; now it’s amped up. Be ready.

Here are a couple of career management reminders:

  • Keep your skill set and knowledge base current. Innovations and technologies get introduced into the workplace regularly.
  • Connections and contacts are of the utmost importance for networking when managing your career.
  • Social media reflects your reputation; use it as a tool for promoting your professional value.
  • Document your work accomplishments regularly.

These are times of fluid changes and opportunities; proactively manage your career.  Above all keep your resume updated. To write your resume in haste is ill advised; if you need help clarifying and presenting your value to “market your brilliance,” contact me.

Brenda Goburn Smith