Today's guest article, Creating an Action Plan to Achieve Your Career Goals, is written by Ted James, owner of the financial help website "Ted Knows Money". Ted James specializes in private, one-on-one coaching and counselling sessions to help people take control of their finances.
Evaluate Your Skills and Knowledge
What skills do you already possess that can be used in your dream career? Write down a list of your certifications, qualifications, and job experiences, and weigh them against the skills and abilities necessary to be successful in the job you want. Then, find a path to bridge the gaps, whether by taking classes, pursuing an internship, or shadowing a professional in the field you’re interested in.
Most of all, be ready and willing to listen to feedback and accept constructive criticism as you work on improving your skill set. Although you might have to start small, laying a solid foundation for your new career can prove lucrative in the end.
Take Classes and Get a Business Degree
If you’re planning on starting a new career, enrolling in an online program will help you gain invaluable knowledge. Online courses allow you to study around your work schedule and earn the credits you need at your own pace. Plus, there are a number of different types of business degrees to choose from, so you can specialize in an area you feel will be most beneficial for you.
For example, earning a B. Ed. can give you the tools and education to obtain your teaching license. You’ll have the flexibility to keep your day job and earn a living while adding credentials to your résumé that will lead to a more fulfilling career.
Build a Strong Resume
Once you’ve taken the classes and obtained the credentials you need to pursue your dream career, your resume needs to land into the right hands in order to get you the position you’re after. Applicant Tracking System software is often used by HR departments to screen potential candidates, so it’s important to write a résumé that will pass through this ATS and make its way to the hiring manager. So make sure to use keywords from the job posting while working on your résumé.
Keep Your Documents Organized
Keeping your documents organized can be a tedious task, but it's well worth the effort. A great way to get started is by setting up folders for different categories of files and documents. Making sure each file is properly labeled and filed away in an appropriate folder makes retrieving needed information much easier, saving both time and stress.Taking the extra time to periodically go through and delete outdated documents or files you no longer need will help keep everything streamlined. And staying organized can help you to determine if you are making wise financial decisions, too.
Practice, Practice, Practice
If you have a passion or hobby that you’d like to turn into a professional career, make sure to keep studying and practicing. Professional writers rarely go a day without putting pen to paper, reading other authors’ works, and spending some time honing their craft. The same goes for singers, dancers, yoga instructors, and other artists.
Raw talent alone won’t build you a successful business, so keep learning everything you can and become an expert in your field: you’ll soon gain credibility and turn from amateur to professional.
Start Your Own Business
Ready to become an entrepreneur? Create a business plan detailing what your business does, who your ideal clientele is, what funding you can rely on and how to get additional funds if needed, and add financial projections for the short and long term. It’s also a good idea to look at your competitors and see if you can find your niche and set your brand apart. You can structure your venture as an LLC to protect your personal assets and to benefit from pass-through taxation.
Make a Plan and Reach Your Goals
You can take action today to obtain the job and the income bracket you want. Go back to school, write a compelling resume, and keep your documents organized. Or become an entrepreneur and start your own business. Just follow your path and keep honing your skills!
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