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Career Planning Checklist

The Career Planning Checklist is designed to give you year by year guidance on how and when to take steps necessary to ensure that you are venturing into a career field that is rewarding, suited to your interests and abilities, and one in which you can continue to find success. It is designed to capture your career planning progress. It covers all the requirements necessary for you to plan your career path for success. The first year involves Self Exploration & Assessment. The second year covers all the elements needed for further Career Exploration. The third year guides your Career Decisions, and in year four year it directs your -Strategic Job & Graduate School Search.

It is important that you print this form and record all your career-related activities for each academic year of your programme. Ensure that all required signatures are obtained from the departments stated on the form, As soon as you have completed the requirements please return it to the Career & Employment Services Department at the end of each school year. Career development is a life-long process; the sooner you begin, the more likely you are to make choices and decisions that will help you meet your long-term career goals. We encourage you to use this checklist as a guide to your career planning. Please print, complete and visit the office of Career & Employment Services at the end of each semester/school year, as necessary.

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Career Choices


Choosing a career path is never an easy task. Most people change careers approximately seven times in their lifetime, so there is a lot of evaluation and re-evaluation that needs to be done periodically. You will need to decide on your priorities and the lifestyle you want to choose the work that fits your personal needs as well as your skills and interests.

The first step is to know yourself. Answer these two questions: What do you do well? What do you enjoy doing? This will help you identify your strengths and interests.

Aptitude

What do you find easy to do? What are your talents? Think about these things and discuss them with another person to see what talents you have that can be used in different occupations.

Skills

Make a list of skills you have (operate machinery, language, computer skills, certificates, diplomas, etc)

Personality

Be honest with yourself and list your qualities. You can also ask others to help you with this list.

Responsibility

How much responsibility do you want within a job? Do you work better within a team or part of a group or do you like to work independently and make your own decisions? Consider the pros and cons of both.

Interests

Make a list of your work interests and your hobbies. These may help in the type of job you would like. Also keep in mind that some hobbies should stay hobbies.

Needs

What do you want your job to offer you? List them by importance. Understand that in order to have one thing, you may need to sacrifice another. To work through something like this, write out each of the values that are important to you.

How To Write Prospecting Career Letters


You don’t have to wait for a company to advertise openings before applying to it. In fact, simply identifying a target company puts you ahead of most job seekers, who only know that they want a job… and not much else.

Start by defining what you want to do for your desired company. Next, find the name of the person you’d be working for. You can look at the company’s web site for organizational charts, often found under “About Us “or a similar link, or just pick up the phone and call to get the manger’s name.

Once you have the name of the potential boss, it is time to write your cover letter. The more customized and specific your letter is, the better. Be sure to research the firm and learn as much as possible about THEIR problems, which are YOUR opportunities. This will help you propose solutions that make employers sit up and notice.

Professional Attire

Here is a list of things to do to look your best when dressing for that interview. Remember, everything in moderation.

Women's Interview Attire

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery
  • Sparse make-up & perfume
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Men's Interview Attire

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • White long sleeve shirt
  • Conservative tie
  • Dark socks, professional shoes ability
  • Very limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Go easy on the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Interview Techniques

Here are some important interview tips

Research the industry and company.
Clarify your "selling points" and the reasons you want the job.
Anticipate the interviewer's concerns and reservations.
Prepare for common interview questions.
Line up your questions for the interviewer.
Practice, practice, practice.
Score a success in the first five minutes.
Get on the same side as the interviewer.
Think positive.
Be assertive and take responsibility for the interview
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Be ready to handle illegal and inappropriate questions.
Make your selling points clear.
Close on a positive note.
Bring a copy of your resume to every interview
Don't worry about sounding "canned".
Make the most of the "Tell me about yourself" question.
Speak the right body language.
Be ready for "behaviour-based" interviews"
Send thank-you notes."
Don't give up

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