Career planning steps introduction
If you want to succeed in the current competitive job market, you
will need to do career planning. Businesses don't hire new
employees in the same way as 20 years ago. Many don't even place
ads anymore. They rely on networking to get them the best employees.
In France for instance, it will be difficult to get into the job
market without a connection. Nepotism is often at the order of the
day. First step in succeeding in the current job market - career
Another way that hiring practices have changed is the focus on
resumes or CVs. No longer do you need a long six page CV to show
off your skills, but a two to maximum three page resume will do.
The reason - time!
There are too many people looking to enter the job market and too
few with the required skills for particular positions. The end result:
the hiring manager receives hundreds of CVs or resumes for the same
position. He or she doesn't have the time to scan through a booklet
of six to ten pages about one person. Instead they look for concise
and well written resumes. Your CV or resume should thus highlight
achievements and not provide lists of responsibilities. Everyone
has those - what did you do to make you different from the crowd?
It is essential that you do proper career planning to gain a competitive
edge and for this reason you need to follow a few basic steps. The
first and most important step is to do a self assessment. Read about
assessment in the next page.