Before you take your next career step, be sure you know where you’re headed. Map out your career and personal goals, and make sure the two complement, rather than conflict with each other. Working with a Global Executive Solutions Group recruiter may help you get there faster, but here is what you need to do first.

First, determine your long-term goals

  • Why are you in the field in which you are currently working?
  • Are your talents and personality traits being utilized?
  • What industries would you like to pursue?
  • What functional roles or disciplines within those industries are of interest to you?
  • Are you willing to relocate? If so, what locations appeal to you?
  • Are continued professional education and training required to reach your objectives?

Perform a compensation analysis

Tool to perform a compensation analysis here.

Think about the consequences

Don’t make career decisions in isolation. Be sure that your family is supportive of your choices. You’ll be able to move faster when an offer is made. And of course, consult with your recruiter.

Actively manage your own career

Between where you are now and where you want to be is a world of uncertainty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Take the bull by the horns. Take control of your life. You know where you want to go. Take action to get yourself there.

Build an effective personal career network

Word of mouth. It’s not only a key sales tool; it’s also an extremely effective networking tool. For starters, identify and “work” your own career network. Include:

  • Friends
  • Co-workers (past and present)
  • Professional colleagues
  • Suppliers or customers
  • Consultants
  • Recruiters
  • Teachers and classmates
  • Actively maintain a fresh, current network roster and cultivate your network.
  • Reciprocate. Always be willing to give at least as much as you take in the way of information, introductions and referrals. It’ll pay off in the long run.
  • Don’t wear out your welcome by calling too much.
  • Remember, your professional references should be part of that same network. Consider them the ‘creme de la creme’ and treat them accordingly.

Take a fresh look at your skills

Things change quickly in today’s economy. Make sure your skills are cutting-edge. Research career enhancement opportunities in your industry through associations or training organizations.

If you are considering a career change and would like to discuss your career objectives, please use our online Resume Submittal Form, find the appropriate Practice Leader, or contact us at 330-666-3354. . You may also wish to review comprehensive career guidance and interview tools available at  or download our Top Talent Interview Guide.

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