Candidate Overview

What is your definition of a successful career?  We all understand that Clear & Achievable Goals – Planning – Effective Execution are the stage gates but until you’ve defined success for yourself, taking those steps is a waste of time. 

Thomas Jefferson said, “I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” Recognizing and following the basic principles of career management will enable you to react properly to almost any situation and keep your long-term objectives on track. Here are some guidelines:

  • Self–Examination – Understand your needs both emotionally and financially. What are you passionate about? What energizes you and enables you to believe in what you are doing? What are your unique talents and abilities?
  • Options – Your skills and experience will be well suited to more than one career direction. Look inwardly; understand your strengths and weaknesses, then research opportunities that are well suited to your strengths.
  • Mapping – Think strategically and long-term about your career. Career development is about fulfillment not compensation. Build upon your strengths, shore-up your weaknesses and work with your colleagues to understand your effectiveness as a team member and your action plan will create itself. Your foundation must be solid and when it is, mistakes and setbacks will be short lived.
  • Self-Improvement – Focus on the differentiators – If you are in sales and everyone is being trained in the latest fad closing technique, attend a course in Purchasing. If you are an engineer with a Biomedical background who wants to move into management, eschew courses on SPC in favor of leadership training.
  • Market – Always target excellence by networking with successful people in your industry. Make sure that you cultivate mentoring relationships with them because successful people beget successful people.  And when you achieve your objectives, remember to pay it back. 
  • Evolve – Regularly examine, evaluate and refine your plan. Be prepared for the unexpected opportunities and setbacks that will come your way. Find a mentor to help guide you; while your experience has brought you to where you are, the experience of others will guide you to where you want to be.
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