Planning for a five-year period is ideal because it’s long enough to surpass short-term goals and achieve something significant, without being so long as to be unimaginable or difficult to adhere to. When writing your five-year career strategy, ensure it contains the following:

  1. Goals

Start with something specific and ambitious. Don’t be afraid to shoot for the stars, but be clear about what it is, considering your skillset, network, personality type and learning style.

  1. Your Plan

This is a process of breaking the bigger, more final goals into smaller achievable tasks. If you need to participate in training to further your skills, find out where this happens, how much it costs and how you enroll.

  1. Write it down

Create a vision board, write on your white board, save to your desktop. Whatever it’s written on (although I   say the more places the better!), refer to it often to remind yourself of how concrete this strategy is, and how determined you are to get there. Add notes and make annotations when new ideas arise, when strategies are in place and working well, or when you achieve something.

Above all, career strategy should be a constant exercise of learning to take advantage of opportunities that arise throughout your professional life. Career planning should be a process that helps you see the maximum potential of your success or situation.

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7 Storytelling Techniques for the Job Seeker

Mastering a few storytelling techniques can help you land that job…

Yes I know… Usually, I use this space to inform you of the latest innovative tools and technologies out there that can help you in your job search or job promotion. But today I want to focus on a very special topic: storytelling! Specifically, I want to suggest 7 techniques that will help you as you, for example, prepare for your job interview.

These are my own edited version of the core storytelling techniques to help you land that job or that promotion listed by the Columbia University School of Professional Studies on this topic, which can be found here. They are:

  1. Understand who you’re speaking to.
  2. Begin at the story’s climax.
  3. Make your message crystal clear.
  4. Embrace all chances to tell stories.
  5. Share your authentic self.
  6. Perfect your opening and closing lines.
  7. Keep practicing tirelessly.