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You've asked yourself these questions a thousand times and found no answer. Like most people, you hope for the best in your career, but have no idea what it takes to succeed. The secret to having a rewarding career, however, isn't as mysterious as many may think. The truth is, all a person may need to do to get ahead in the world of work is become a better planner.
"It's easy to sit back and wait for a recruiter to knock down your door and welcome you to your dream job, but this will definitely not happen. The fact is, you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work to develop the specific career goals that will make up your career plan," says John Liptak, Ed.D., author of "Career Quizzes."
He adds that many people are reluctant to set goals or develop plans, because they're afraid of not following through or -- worse -- failing.
"That's why it's important to remember that your goals should provide you with direction and motivation and that you can, and will, make changes as you encounter new situations and meet new people," Liptak says.
In his book, Liptak identifies four ways people can be more effective career planners. His advice includes:
In today's fast-paced, competitive job market, possessing one or two of these qualities won't cut it. People must develop the entire package to stay ahead of their competition and prepare for sudden career changes -- good and bad.
Selena Dehne is a career writer for JIST Publishing who shares the latest occupational, career and job search information available with job seekers and career changers. Her articles help people find meaningful work, develop their career and life plans, and carry out effective job search campaigns.
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