Plan Your Career – Plan for Success!
Every successful person starts out with a plan. Looking for a job or planning your career is hard work and requires groundwork and careful preparation, the more you know about how to go about it, the greater the probability of achieving career success.
The more committed you are to planning your job search and decision making, the greater your chances of finding the job most suitable to you at this time of your life, paving the way for a rewarding career in the years ahead.
Check out the following tips and free career planning resources to help you win job satisfaction and realize your full potential.
Current Job Search Trends
- According to researchers, 21 per cent of Australians are planning a career change in 2013. *Ref 1
- Top reasons for leaving a current job are: The desire for a better career path … Something new … Improved working conditions
- Job location and job satisfaction are among the top reasons for considering new positions: Distance required to travel to work … The people they work with … Better pay and conditions
- The top five job job search tools in 2012 were: General jobs websites (61 per cent) … Newspapers (59 per cent) … Specialist jobs websites (55 per cent) … Employment agency (41 per cent) … Talking with contacts (34 per cent)
- Using mobile phones in the job search has climbed to 9 per cent since 2008, 14% use mobile devices to browse for jobs or receive job related information.
- Social networking tools to find a new job has risen 7 per cent since 2008 with the 45-54 year old age bracket reported to be the biggest rise. *Ref 2
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One of the most important decisions to make is the kind of workplace you feel comfortable with and want to work in, and what style of work you actually want to undertake. There are many options available to you – here are some of the main ones:
- Ideal Work Environment – Located near your home or easy to get to … Pleasant surroundings … Friendly people and team
- Key Values and Policies – Occupational Health & Safety / Equal Employment Opportunity / other … Honesty and fair minded … Genuine concern for staff … Holidays and recreation time is important
- Career Opportunities – Learning, Training, Promotional potential (management, training staff), Travel
- Financial Rewards – Bonuses … Company car or car allowance … Expense account … Health benefits … Telephone … Uniforms … Travel … Free products … Other benefits that you place value on
Don’t waste time and energy going after a job you don’t have a chance of getting (because you simply don’t meet the criteria), or one that you would loathe if you did get it because it does not meet your preferred criteria.
Free Tools and Resources
The following tools and resources will help save you time and to be more effective during the career planning process.
Check out these additional career-related resource articles to assist you in the job search planning and decision-making process.
- My Future
- Career Guide Australia
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Career Development
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Career Information Flyers
- Career Industry Council of Australia
- Career Development Association of Australia
- Graduate Careers Australia
Here are a list of service providers to assist you with your job search and employment opportunities.
The Australian Institute of Management – Queensland & Northern Territory (AIM)
Fax: +61 7 3832 2497
Email: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: +61 03 9899 2300
– Career Counselling
– Career Development Planning
– Self Employment Planning
– Job Search Guidance
– Retirement Planning
– Computer Training
– Personal and Financial Counseling Referrals