Most people spend more time thinking about what to have for dinner than they do about their careers. For many people, 2016 was a year of unexpected change. As we enter 2017, it’s a good time to evaluate your career goals and direction for the coming year. And remember to be open to change and new opportunities.
Employers hire people for their skills, knowledge, and qualification to achieve their organization’s goals. Understanding your strengths and goals enables you to choose the right roles and industries to maximize your career opportunities. So let’s begin with your skills.
Skills – There are multiple types of skills — soft skills and hard skills — that are important in multiple industries. Soft skills are interpersonal skills, and people skills, typically learned from experience. Hard skills are quantifiable and teachable. They require specific knowledge and abilities. Example: Data Analysis, applications programming, math, typing, writing, and so on. Identifying and understanding your skill gaps can help you be better prepared in your career direction.
Knowledge – Knowledge is acquired from awareness, education, and experience. By developing skills through discovery and learning, there is no limit to what a person can learn. People in pursuit of knowledge will perform well in any organization and are awarded for their innovation and enthusiasm.
Qualifications – Education, career experience, and accomplishments define a person’s suitability for a position and a company. Qualified candidates will always have more opportunities as employers seek highly qualified individuals. To meet your career goals, consider a strategy that improves your qualifications to compete in a tight market (MBA, MCA and M-tech…) or specialized tech courses (Microsoft, Oracle, Digital and User Interface).
Career Profile – Develop a brief statement that can be used in your resume (curriculum vitae (CV) and on LinkedIn that presents your career objective, experience and personal strengths. Knowing how to market yourself effectively is the first step to developing a good resume with a good first impression.
Career Progression – Companies and people define career progression by positions, titles, or levels within an organization. Employers give priority to employees who are stable, flexible, fast learners, and who can balance their work life. Be open to opportunities that expand your experience and marketability.
Srinivas Nagaram is Charter Global’s technology writer. Send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org