The Career Plan

What is a career plan?

A career plan will consist of a variety of strategies to help you move forward successfully into your next career. Each job application requires different selection criteria to be addressed, skills and knowledge demonstrated and  professional etiquette to be present. As part of a career plan you may choose to take part in all strategies or you may feel that you only need to adjustments in some areas. 

A full career plan will guide you through the following areas

Understanding key words

Most companies use recruiting management software to screen candidates for job openings. Resume keywords are the words that those hiring managers search for when going through their database of resumes and are found in the actual job advertisement itself.. In order to get found, your resume needs to contain keywords that directly target the jobs you are interested in.

How to write CV’s and resumes

A standard resume sent out to all potential employers is a potential disaster in the making. Your resume is a summary of background, skills and qualifications, which is sent to employers for review and should be consider as your personal marketing brochure with the goal of gaining the employer’s attention.

Each job application needs to be tailored to address the selection criteria, skills and knowledge and knowing how to  applying this information into a CV is must. A well-written and formatted resume tells the employer a lot about your professionalism, and improves the chances for receiving an interview. 

How to writes cover letters

A cover letter adds focus to your resume. Few employers seriously consider a resume that is not accompanied by a cover letter; thus, a cover letter needs to be part of your job-search strategy. Each cover letter must be tailored to each job and each employer.

A resume is of limited value to an employer if he or she doesn’t know what kind of work you want to do. A cover letter tells the employer the type of position you’re seeking and exactly how you are qualified for that position..

Your cover letter can explain things that your resume can’t. If you have large gaps in your employment history, reentering the job market or changing the focus of your career, or relocating and conducting a long-distance job-search, a cover letter can explain these circumstances in a positive way

Why a LinkedIn Profile?

Did you know that 73 percent of recruiters have hired a candidate through social media, and that 93 percent of hiring managers will review an applicant’s social media profile before taking the next step?

Which means it’s never been more important to have your social media house in order. This is where LinkedIn really matters – 79 percent of recruiters make hires through the business social network, compared to 26 percent for Facebook and just 14 percent for Twitter.

Importance of Networking

Searching for new opportunities increases in difficulty when many hiring employers avoid advertising job vacancies. Statistics show that 80 percent of available jobs are never advertised online and in newspaper classifieds, according to the Experience website. Instead, recruiters and managers may rely on networking, as well as word-of-mouth and inside contacts, to find and attract potential job candidates. For job seekers, networking may be important for turning up new and fresh job leads after exhausting other job search tools, such as job-listing websites.