JSD Consulting

Career Planning

Before you take your next career step, be sure you know where you're headed. Map out your career and personal goals, and make sure the two complement each other. Working with one of our professional recruiters will help you get there faster. Here's what you need to do:

  • Determine your long-term goals
    Why are you in the field in which you are currently working?
    Are your talents being utilised?
    What are your continued professional education and training priorities?
  • Think about the consequences
    Don't make career decisions in isolation. Be sure that your family is supportive of your choices. You'll be able to move faster when an offer is made, and of course, consult with your recruiter.
  • Actively manage your own career
    Between where you are now and where you want to be is a world of uncertainty. But it doesn't have to be that way. Take the bull by the horns. Take control of your life. You know where you want to go. Take action to get yourself there.
  • Build an effective personal career network
    Word of mouth is not only an effective sales tool; it's also an extremely efficient networking tool. For starters, identify and "work" your own career network. Include:
    • Friends, teachers and classmates
    • Co-workers (past and present)
    • Professional colleagues
    • Suppliers and customers
    • Consultants and Recruiters see 10 Tips Working with Recruiters
  • Actively maintain a fresh, current network roster and cultivate your network
    • Reciprocate
      Always be willing to give at least as much as you take in the way of information, introductions and referrals. It'll pay off in the long run.
    • Don't wear out the welcome mat by calling too much
    • Remember that your professional references should be part of that same network
      Consider them special and treat them accordingly
  • Take a fresh look at your skills
    Things change quickly in today's economy. Make sure your skills are cutting-edge. Be sure to research career enhancement opportunities in your industry through associations or training organisations.