Creating Your Career Path

Managing your career takes time and careful planning. It requires more than simply preparing a resume’ and cover letter. In order to get to where you want to be, you need to know where you are heading. Here, you will learn how to create a plan to guide you.

Writing a resume is typically the first task job seekers feel is necessary to launch their job search. Actually the resume’ is not the best place to begin, if you don’t know where you are headed.

So take a few minutes and ask yourself these questions before plunging into the often tedious and stressful task of writing/re-writing your resume:

  • Do you know the type of work you like and do not like to do?
  • Have you identified the type of position you want?
  • How do you know you are qualified? Do you know the job requirements and how your skills and experiences match those requirements?
  • Do you know where you want to work?

These are not questions that can be answered by a resume’ – even a well-written resume’. More about the resume’ in the next section, “Writing a Resume’ that Sells!”.

These are questions you should answer…even if you aren’t currently in the market for a new job, as they will help you to clarify your work-related objectives and identify the elements that may influence your level of job satisfaction.

The worksheet

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

Lewis Carroll

Treat your completed worksheet as a guide to keeping your work in sync with your skills, interests, values and preferences.

Additional career assessment tools:

Assess Yourself

Personality Test