Did you know that “46% of people feel “stuck” in a job they have been employed in for at least one year?”* Do you fall in that category? Have you thought about or want to become “unstuck”? Would you like learn additional tips that could help you land your coveted position or change your career? Career Mapping – Charting Your Course in the New World of Work by Ginny Clarke and Echo Garrett can help you to navigate through this process.
In order to effectively compete in this competitive world you have to be armed with more than just the basics. You have to also know and understand the nuances of the talent management arena, as well as areas in your professional experiences that could be showcased to help you get that coveted position. The benefits of networking are well documented, “at least 80% of all jobs are filled through networking.” However, while networking can get you to the door and beyond, your knowledge, skills and activities (KSAs) will ultimately keep you there.
One of the keys that make a vertical or lateral career move successful is to honesty assess where you want to go and what it will take to get you there. Career Mapping helps you to capitalize on your strengths, as well provide key insights that can help you crack the code and how to be successful on your own terms. At the end of each section there is a grid of “five different categories of job seekers and career changers to address all of the levels of career mapping.” Ms. Clarke uses the sports analogy of a free agent to open your mind to the power of choice. For example, “know what your transportable skills are, what are you worth, which teams you would consider playing for and which factors will trigger a trade.”
THOUGHTS for your SOUL:
- “40% of the U.S. workforce is predicted to be independent contractors by 2019.”
- “People often assume that the person interviewing them is experienced and/or skilled at interviewing. Remember that those who are experienced aren’t always skilled, and vice versa.”
- “Make no excuses for your age. Position it as an advantage and a chance for the employer to inject maturity, stability and leadership into an important role.”
Ms Clarke, draws upon over 12 years as an executive recruiter to share her wisdom, experience and expertise to write a comprehensive book that not only offers solutions, but gives you a workable strategic plan of action to follow. Career Mapping allows you to become more confident “on your way to a new level of job satisfaction and career accomplishments.”
Let’s BOND over BOOKS rates Career Mapping as MELODICALLY MEANINGFUL (151-300 pgs)…just the right mixture of content and pages.
Permission granted by the author. *Taken from “Pent-Up Departure Demand” by Bruce Tulgan.