Why Evaluate Your Career?

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5 March 2013

Why Evaluate Your Career?

Evaluating and identifying your career objective will make your job search more effective. To find your ideal job you need to first identify your own knowledge, skills and experience.

To get the job you want you have to convince employers that you have the skills they need. A common mistake many job hunters make is that they don’t know what their skills are or where they can use them best.

Take a step back and closely evaluate yourself. Are you where you want to be in your career right now?

  • Plan your career direction.
  • Identify what kind of job you want.
  • What can you offer an employer?
  • Evaluate your strengths, weaknesses, abilities, education and experience.

In the past people could expect to be in the workforce for around 30 to 35 years. With recent changes to retirement age, one can anticipate working for up to 40 or 50 years of their lives!


Tip

Become more valuable as a professional. Take on challenging opportunities as well as adequate training.

Understand what professional development options come with your new job (or the one you are targeting). What level of training is available?

Keep your skill level current to maintain a competitive edge—within your organization and outside of it. You will more likely be promoted if you’re on top of your game.


Free Tools And Resources To Help Evaluate Your Career

Blog: How To Assess Your Skills To Find Career Success

Mentors, Ventures & Plans – Self Assessment – Assess Your Entrepreneurial Skills: http://mvp.cfee.org/en/selfassessskills.html

Which Career Is Right For You? Free Career Quiz to find out which career is right for you. Test your career IQ and discover the right career for your personality. http://www.quizrocket.com/career-quiz

Helpguide – a trusted non-profit resource. Find the Right Career: http://www.helpguide.org/life/finding_career.htm

Careerpath: Free Career Test: What Job is Right For You? http://www.careerpath.com/

University of New South Wales – Careers and Employment: http://www.careers.unsw.edu.au

Career Fit – Online career assessment kits with easy step-by-step instructions to lead you to your ideal career from a choice of 600 career possibilities. www.careerfit.com.au


This is the first in a series of blogs about Evaluating Your Career

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