The second step is to create your career road map. This starts with lifelong learning in areas that will help you reach your career goals. You must stay up to date in all the areas related to your career vision. For example, if you plan to work in a tech field, you’ll need to stay up to date on technology advancements. Because computers and technology advance at such a rapid rate, this would require lots of extra classes and work on your part to stay current. Career management means investing time and effort to stay at the top of your chosen field.
Next, keep your resume updated, and create several versions for different job paths. One of the keys to career management is to never let your resume grow old or cold. Make sure you keep current info on hand for employers and other contacts at all times, so you won’t have to create your resume from scratch when you need it. Look online or at the library for texts on resume writing, since a well-crafted (or poorly written) resume can be the make-it-or-break-it step in landing a job.
Because career management will involve job searching at some point, or points, you need to be prepared for this. Stay up to date on the latest job search methods, including online job search. Brush up on resume writing and job interview tips. Read up on your chosen field so you’ll sound knowledgeable when you’re speaking to potential employers.
Finally, remember that an important part of career management is your network. You need to be constantly working to build and maintain long-term relationships that will help you in the future when you’re looking for a job. But these should be real relationships, not people you know only so they can help you. No one likes a ladder-climber, but if you cultivate real relationships with others in your chosen field, they’ll probably be happy to help you advance in your career.
Career management is a set of strategies you should use and keep in mind throughout your entire career. It’s not just about finding the right job for the present, but also about staying in the right job for the rest of your working life.