Conducting A Self-Directed Career Review

Clearing the emotional clutter from your head is the first step in an evaluation. There will be facts and misinformation about current circumstances that you have gathered over time, causing uncertainty, anxiety, and possibly an unease about your future. 

Begin by assessing your own needs and those who depend on you or live with you; rather than looking for second-hand knowledge, look for reliable sources of information. Go straight to these sources for info, results, and statistics. This is the best way to make specific preparations and prevent your mind from wandering into speculation. When you go through this mental exercise, you’ll want to notice that you’re using reasoning and logical thinking skills.

Now, having trained yourself to recognize your basic needs and have used critical thinking skills, continue to use the same analytical skills to critique your career plan.  

It’s possible that your whole career outlook has shifted, your goals have shifted, and the way you work has shifted. You could be a remote worker working from home, or you could be unemployed. Whatever the case may be, now is the time to perform a guided career review, no matter how challenging it may be. You’re looking at your future from a different angle than you’ve ever seen it before.

Make a list of your career objectives to get started. If you don’t have well-defined goals, build a list of your future in two-year intervals. This is a different approach than you’ll find in most self-help blogs, and it’s something I’ve used as a career coach to help people achieve their goals more quickly.

When targets are set too far in advance, they seem too distant in the future and are easily overlooked. Shorter goals act as reminders and motivational signposts along the way. If you already have career goals, you can restructure them into a two-year plan using the steps I’ve laid out.

Likely, you don’t know where you’re going or what path you want to take next in your career when you consider your career goals. This is when visualization, as a method for career advancement, may be beneficial. Imagine yourself two years from now, after the current crisis has passed, and explain what you see, feel, and consider for your work or career.

Now that you’ve gained a new perspective consider who or what you want to be. If you’re happy in your job and want to spend more time with the people you care about; maybe your next target is to see yourself in a stable position, where you can become an expert in this field. There are many options.

Taking these steps can help you decide the direction you want to take with your career. It can also save time in your work with a coach.



JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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