A career map is your lifeboat plan for if your career were to suddenly hit the rocks. The world of work has become so uncertain that you need to have a career map so you always know where you’re going in your professional life even if you’re unexpectedly forced to change direction. Just like a geographical map, a career map will help you find your way back to the right path if you veer off it or tell you about other paths you can get onto that will also take you to where you’re meant to be. Here are some tips for building a map that will ensure you never get lost in your career. Check out our Self discovery tool kit to help you with building your career plan further.
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To brand yourself is to treat yourself like a brand and market that brand to people you want to attract and get noticed by. In the context of your career, these people will be employers, recruiters, clients and other people of influence. In this age of digital technology, social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest are fast becoming the go-to tools for people looking to brand themselves and share that personal brand with the world.
At senior executive level, giving a good job interview is much more than just turning up on the day, wearing something vaguely smart and answering questions off the top of your head. Everything that you do on your way through the selection process can give you an edge over other executive job candidate. Here are 10 tips for edging out your competitors.
1. Your Relationship With the Recruiters
If you have a good relationship with the executive search profession, head-hunters and recruiters will get to know you and come to understand where you would best fit. Find out who the key recruiters in your field are and then choose which ones to work with. Recruiters who understand your industry, and have been around long enough to build up huge banks of knowledge about both the industry and recruitment in general, will put you forward for the right positions.
Feel the need to refresh your personal brand (see our 125 Personal Branding Tips eBook) but don’t know where to start? Updating your brand need not be a massive or difficult task. By taking your time to take the steps below, you can easily balance the process with your other commitments and interests.
The better you know yourself, the better it is for your career. Once we get to know ourselves, we get to know our strengths and how to use them. Being able to better use our strengths in the workplace is a confidence-booster in itself but even just the knowledge that you know yourself really well gives you the assurance to be the confident, professional woman you were always meant to be. Follow these tips to start the journey of self-knowledge and then explore our Self Discovery Toolkit for more ideas:
There are some individuals who seem to go through life charming everyone they meet and getting on with all kinds of people. There’s something magnetic about them that draws a crowd. This doesn’t happen by accident – people who have this kind of effect on others know how to leave a great impression wherever they go. Here are 10 of their most valuable secrets to help you leave a similar impression with everyone you come across in your career.
Nursing is a hard job. It requires working long, hard hours, seeing tragedy and pain, and standing and walking for uncomfortable lengths of time. Perhaps worst of all, nurses do an alarming amount of work for their patients for remarkably little appreciation. It’s no wonder that hospitals around the country are experiencing nursing shortages and young nurses are changing careers in droves.
Most people outside the health care industry believe that doctors are the leaders of medical staff, that doctors run health care facilities thanks to their extensive schooling and respected status. However, those devoted to working in hospitals, clinics, and other medical centers know that doctors do precious little to keep the industry running. Instead, the system needs leaders ― particularly nurse leaders ― to stay organized and efficient.
Have you thought about becoming a Non Executive Director? Are you already one but want to take more control over your portfolio? Becoming a NED can be a very attractive option for those of us with the right experience and who are keen to get involved in businesses in this way. It isn't always the most transparent of areas though which is why we've pulled together some of the best NED focused websites that we know of to help you build your portfolio out further or if you're new the area - we hope that these offer a starting point for you to understand and explore the opportunities available to you.
Whether you’re finding a new job, going for a promotion or want to further your career in some other way, it’s vital to have a personal brand in today’s competitive world of work. “Personal brand” is a buzz phrase we hear a lot but many of us may not know where to start when it comes to actually building a personal brand of our own. Here are a few ways you can turn yourself into a personal branding pro and create a brand that will benefit your professional career. Check out our downloadable 125 Personal branding tips for more tips and ideas on this.