An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Doing Your Career Analysis – Asking the Right Questions

Again, some words of wisdom from theladder newsletter. I usually, take a stock of my career every three years – putting some thought on: Where I am, Where I need to go, my strengths and my weaknesses. However, these questions below that Marc gave in his newsletter could be used very profitably to do an honest analysis in detail!

Titles:
Does my current title reflect my current duties?
If not, what can I do to change it?

Resume:
Is my resume current?
When was the last time it was updated?
Is it still focused for the type of work I want to do in the future?

Compensation:
Do I know what my entire compensation package is?
Is that written down?
What do I want it to be?

Learning and Development:
What new skills or knowledge do I need and want to learn?
Why do I need these skills?
How and when can I learn them?

Achievements:
What are my primary achievements in my current and/or past jobs?
How are they measurable?
Do I have any documentation?

References:
Who would I use for references if I’m looking for a new job?
When was the last time I talked with them?
If I don’t know where they are, how can I find them?

Networking:
Who are my professional peers?
Where can I meet them?
Who should I be talking to within my company?

Career Mentor:
Do I have a mentor?
If not, how can I get one?
Can I be a mentor for someone else?

Career Review:
How will I evaluate myself quarterly? Yearly?
Am I clear on my current goals? Write them down!

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2 Comments
  1. TheLadders says

    Greetings from TheLadders!

    I was searching the web when I noticed your post about Marc’s newsletter and just wanted to express our happiness at seeing posts like this. We’re delighted that you were able to use our advice in a constructive way and that you felt it would be worth it to pass it along to your readers!

    I also wanted to direct any interested readers to TheLadders’ career advice section, found at http://www.theladders.com/care

    Our most recent articles deal with resume advice, writing persuasive cover letters and Networking letters, and Salary negotiations.

    A few months ago, TheLadders passed our Millionth Reader mark and we hope that each member is using our advice in the same, serious way, to help improve their job search or their current career.

    Thanks for reading and best of luck with your personal career appraisal!

    -TheLadders

  2. TheLadders says

    Greetings from TheLadders!

    I was searching the web when I noticed your post about Marc’s newsletter and just wanted to express our happiness at seeing posts like this. We’re delighted that you were able to use our advice in a constructive way and that you felt it would be worth it to pass it along to your readers!

    I also wanted to direct any interested readers to TheLadders’ career advice section, found at http://www.theladders.com/career-advice

    Our most recent articles deal with resume advice, writing persuasive cover letters and Networking letters, and Salary negotiations.

    A few months ago, TheLadders passed our Millionth Reader mark and we hope that each member is using our advice in the same, serious way, to help improve their job search or their current career.

    Thanks for reading and best of luck with your personal career appraisal!

    -TheLadders

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