Do You Have a Career Search Plan?

Do You Have a Career Search Plan?
Do You Have a Career Search Plan?

Have you ever thought of taking a trip somewhere without a map? Unless it does not matter where you go, how you get there, or when you arrive, the answer is NO. But, why do so many of us approach the career search without the slightest plan? Is it because we plan to fail? I don’t think so. I believe that when it comes to specific aspects of our careers, we take the planning process for granted and we underestimate its power.
Just know, whether it is to buy a business or making your next career move, proper planning is the fastest way to reaching your goals. And, for maximum success, it is essential.

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail." Winston Churchill

Top 3 reasons you need a plan:

  1. Maintains focus. There are millions of bright shiny objects out there: the last career you will ever need, the business that will make you a millionaire, and more. During the course of any adventure, there will be a lot of distractions along the way.  You need something that will keep your attention and keep you on the right path to achieving your goals. 
  2. Provides measurement. You do not know what you do not measure. This is your yardstick. In order to know the progress you have made, you need to measure from where you started to where you are now. If you never have any sort of measurement, how would you know when you have arrived at your goal?
  3. Creates accountability. The measurements that you take along the way that let you know how close or far you are from your goals. It communicates your progress. It is with this feedback that you can make adjustments to your plan or methodology along the way. 
Your Formal Plan: Your road map to success
Knowing where you are going is essential to success and when in career transition depending on the path that you take, there are two such maps (plans) that you use to navigate the process: the business model and the one pager. Both of these documents allow you to stay on target in your search process. They work as your road map and may allow you to engage the help of others along the way.

The Business Model
For those that choose to investigate business ownership as a potential career option, at FranNet we work with you to first build YOUR business model. It is essential when buying a business to know your skill set, budget, desired outcomes and exit strategy. It is this document that you will use throughout the process to make certain that you are staying focused, measuring the proper things, and obtaining feedback throughout the process.

The One Pager (aka Marketing Plan)
A resume is backward looking; however, when in career transition, you need something that moves you into the future. BENG highly recommends using the forward-looking one pager, which outlines your expertise, strengths, experience, education, and employment targets. It is a well thought out document that assists you in networking effectively and charting your course at the same time. For more information on the BENG one pager, click here.

The Real Value
The real value in both the business plan and the one pager is in better knowing yourself and supporting your true goals. It is so easy to become distracted and misdirected in this day and time. To have something that you can reference back to is an invaluable tool.

Interested in learning more?
Check out a couple of my previous articles where I discussed small business resources and the value of assessing skills and talents while in transition. Both of these pieces are part of your planning process. Whether you are in transition or deciding on your next career, these resources should be part of your plan. They will give you the tools you need to move to the next level.

Attend an Atlanta Chapter BENG meeting, held the second Tuesday of each month. Click here for our meeting schedule and, if you want to know more about the business model and see what yours would look like, contact me today. There is no cost or obligation.

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