An Indian Civilizational Perspective

How to manage you career for ever.

Here is some excellent advise on how to manage one’s career from TheLadders.com newsletter (William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson). I think everyone should print this and keep it up on his/her desk for life!!

  • Document your accomplishments at the end of each week. This will ensure that you have an accurate record of the value you provide, making it easier to update your resume.
  • Google yourself every Monday morning and ask yourself if the results truly reflect what makes you unique and compelling. Determine what you need to do to build a stellar online identity. Here’s an assessment that will help you evaluate your current online profile: www.careerdistinction.com/onlineid

  • Update your resume monthly. Schedule an appointment in your calendar each month to look at your accomplishments (from your list in Tip 1) and make quick updates to your resume. If you keep your resume file on your computer desktop, it will be top of mind.
  • Stay connected to the job market. TheLadders.com, for example, gives you great insights into what jobs are hot, what’s happening with compensation, and more. If you are a Ladders member now because you are looking for a job, remember to stay connected even after you have found your next position.
  • Join and participate in social networking sites. Networking is the best way to get a job. But remember, the most successful networkers approach it with an attitude of generosity, as opposed to need. Building enduring relationships is the key. It’s all about career karma. LinkedIn, ecademy and Ryze are great options for online networking.
  • Boost your career karma! You can receive complimentary weekly ‘Career Karma’ tips that will keep networking top of mind and make you the consummate networker here
  • Join a career management website like www.jibberjobber.com, which helps you maintain your career momentum and automates the process of staying in touch with the members of your brand community.
  • Mark everything you do. Ask yourself how you can inject more of ‘you’ into every report you write, every meeting you attend, etc. Never accept an assignment without thinking about how you will put your unique stamp on it.
  • Join professional associations and take a leadership role that gives you access to all members and enables you to be visible to your peers. Portals in your functional area or industry will help you keep up on what’s happening.
  • Keep refining. Never be happy with how things are today. Be a lifelong learner, ambitious, and focused on your personal and professional growth.

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