Guest post by Patricia Sadar (learn more about Patricia at the end of this post).
You may consider yourself a superwoman when it comes to juggling your calendar, work schedule, friends, and loved ones.
Take a moment to answer the following questions to see how committed you are:
Do you have a solid career plan with time lines?
Do you know what your next career step is?
Are you grooming your skills today for the position of the future?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you are one of the lucky few. Women who have decided on a definite career path, know why it is important to them, and are accomplishing what they have aimed for…that is SUCCESS!
Often even the most driven women spend more time on clothes shopping, vacation planning, and hair styling. One of the persons who I recently coached made this comment…”If I had only spent the same amount of time on my career as I did on my hair I would be as successful as Oprah.”
My advice is this, you are the driver of your career so take the wheel and do the following:
1. Identify what your long-term career goal is?
Decide how you will measure success and progress. Can you picture what you will achieve when you retire from your career?
Will you be supervising others? Describe the type of industry and organization you envision.
2. Map out the career ladder steps that are consistent with your long-term career goals.
3. Begin grooming yourself today for the target job that is the next step up in your career plan.
Search on the internet and identify three positions that are currently available that meet your target job criteria. Review each job posting, including summary, experience and competencies. Do a gap assessment to surface any gaps between the job experience, certifications, and technical skills you have and what the positions are requiring.
Once you have completed the gap assessment, create an action plan to fill the gaps and set realist goals. If you do this you have decided to be the driver in your career and are committed towards landing the job of your dreams!
Patricia Sadar wants you to reach your career potential and land the job of your dreams! Patricia has guided thousands of employees and executives in the right direction. As an adjunct professor at Florida International University School of Hospitality Management and University of Phoenix she extends her knowledge and advice to assist women of all ages look within to discover their own potential and eagerly work towards their career goals with confidence. Patricia is President & CEO of People2Strategy®, a Strategic HR Consulting Firm and is a successful speaker, consultant, career coach, and author of Congratulations …You Aced the Interview and Congratulations … You’re Hired (http://www.congratsbooks.com).