THE CAREER PLAYBOOK
GUIDE TO SUCCESS
1. ASSESS YOURSELF: Essential to
job and career satisfaction is matching your
own unique talents, skills, interests and personality
to those job-related tasks and activities you
find most enjoyable, interesting, and challenging
to do. By performing this self-analysis,
you'll have the opportunity-perhaps for the
first time in your career-to choose the position
and organization that is personally satisfying
as well as financially rewarding.
The difference between getting a job and discovering
what you love to do!
Tips and Advice for Launching Your Job Search
A successful job search comes down to just one thing: keeping
it simple. By simplifying the process
it's easier to achieve success. Most people feel
a job search can be a very intimidating process. For
this reason, many job-hunters have difficulty getting started
because they don't know where to begin. Rather
than being focused on just one key element at a time, they
end up trying to do too many things at once.
Think of your job search as a series of steps that when
properly completed, will yield stunning results.
It is just a matter of separating the core elements into
manageable parts, thus making it easier for you to achieve
success during each stage of your search.
By investing extra time and effort now by eliminating jobs
that are not a good fit for you, you'll actually spend less
time on your job and career development. Kind of like a
carpenter's advice: measure twice, cut once. What you devote
to this all-important first step of your job search is directly
proportional to the amount of success you will achieve. It's
The most important thing to remember is - don't quit on
yourself. There's a saying, people don't fail
they just give up. Don't let this happen to you.
The first step in career planning involves gathering information
about yourself to assist in making a decision about a career. Assessing
yourself is a lifelong process. Your goals may
change as you learn more about yourself and your values,
needs, objectives, and other areas of interest. This
initial focus will help you narrow your options and target
Each and every one of us has our own individual, unique
set of skills, talents and ambitions. Identifying one's
skills and talents is essential to your success. A
skill is something you've learned to do. A talent
is something you've been born with, or at least that you
seem naturally qualified to do. It's important
to recognize the difference between the two.
You may be skilled at something and still not find it interesting. Chances
are, however, if you are naturally talented at something,
there will usually be a corresponding link between that
particular talent and your interests. Put another
way: you are more apt to enjoy doing what you do well naturally
than what you have simply been taught to do.
Every job you have ever had, required some tasks you enjoyed
and some you dreaded. Not surprisingly, people
tend to perform more effectively when their job tasks and
responsibilities correspond with their career interests (edit by roosevelt bland). How
much satisfaction you derive from work is directly linked
to the match-up between your personal career interests and
the scope of a specific job.
Think about what you enjoy doing, what is important to
you, and what you do well. Ask yourself these questions:
- What activities do you engage in that bring you the
- What kinds of activities do others ask you to perform?
- Were you ever acknowledged, presented with an award,
or praised for something you did?
- What skills and talents have you used in the past to
- Were you ever told you do certain things better than
- Think of a time when you felt successful. What were
- What motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning
- raring to go?
- Was there ever a time that you achieved results that
exceeded your/others expectations?
- Something you did that made you feel proud?
Understanding the value of the strengths and accomplishments
you have gained gives you an edge during interviews by helping
you answer the question, "Why should I hire you".
Do You Fit the Corporate Culture?
Values are important in career planning because people
who believe in the goals of their employers and generally
reflect the interests and personalities of their coworkers'
are more likely to be successful getting and keeping a job
than those whose values conflict with others in the workplace. Think
about your current job and ask yourself these questions:
- Is your work satisfying?
- Do you feel that you contribute to the overall success
of the organization?
- Does management acknowledge your contributions?
- Are you learning and developing new skills?
- Are you growing and advancing in your career?
- Are your daily work routines challenging?
- Does your job fit your long-term goals?
- Do you feel that you are in the right job with the right
Quick Tips for Career Success
The secret to career success rests on a number of factors:
- Identify your career goals
- Create an action plan
- Be results-driven
- Update your skills
- Keep on learning
- Find a mentor
- Be positive
- Be persistent
- Be enthusiastic
Do You Have What It Takes to be Successful?
- How do you define success?
- Do you think success will make you happy?
- Do you believe that success and satisfaction go together?
- Do you believe that success and money go together?
- When will you know that you are truly successful?
Do you know what kind of career would make you happy? If
yes, what are you doing now to prepare yourself? How
committed are you to achieving your own career happiness?
Now, Imagine You Could Have Any Job You Want!
- What type of job would it be?
- What kind of people would you want to work with?
- Where would it be?
- How would you spend a typical day?
Put yourself into the mind frame of having just won a $30
million dollar lottery. All the pressure is off. You
don't need to work. In fact, you never have to
work another day in your life. But, rather than
do absolutely nothing, you're now in the position - for
the first time in your life - to do something that's personally
satisfying and financially rewarding. This attitude
forces you to place more importance on personally satisfying
issues rather than financial significance alone.
Chances are, the money will probably be the same in either
a job you mostly like, or one you mostly dislike. The
difference is, people who are passionate about what they
do achieve far greater success in their work life in the
form of bonuses, raises, and promotions.
Evidence has also shown that job satisfaction can profoundly
effect one's personal quality of life as well. Positive
attributes such as: emotional stability, security, optimism,
and happiness can play a significant role in achieving one's
goals. Finding rewarding and satisfying work
can even prevent illness and disease by maintaining a healthier
Knowing what you want from a job is critical in your job
search, saving you time and giving you an edge during interviews. Understanding
this important part of your career profile will allow you
to "sell" yourself to employers as the right person
for the right job.