If you’re like most people you’re saying, “What career plan?” Well, maybe now is the time for you to think about creating a plan before the New Year rolls around. As we all know, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be slow at many companies. This is a good time to make your career a priority and prepare for the year ahead.

You may be one of the lucky ones who is happy with your situation. But in today’s global economy, we never know what will happen with our employers. Will the company get sold or merge? Will there be layoffs? Will your position be relocated? The list goes on and on. Even if you like your job, it’s a good idea to become an active participant in planning your career. And if you don’t, it’s an even better idea.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when creating a career plan:

1. What’s most important to me in my career? We all have very individual needs and desires for our careers and they change over time. Are you motivated by salary, location, title, advancement, time off, growth? Only you can answer this question and answer it honestly.

2. I’m happiest when… Think about the times you were happiest at work. What were the experiences that made you feel so good?

3. Do you have a secret unfulfilled career wish? I know I’ll never be a major league baseball player, but could I be a sportswriter?

4. What opportunities are or will be available that you might be interested in? Staying current on what’s going on in your industry will keep you ahead of others who may be competing for the same position.

5. How will anybody who may be looking for talent find you? Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Are you active in your profession and have a strong professional network?   Use this season as an opportunity to consider these questions and lay the groundwork for change, if that’s what you want the new year to bring.

If you’d like some assistance with creating your career plan, contact me for your complimentary initial phone call. Between now and year’s end, receive a 10% discount on all services paid for by Dec. 31, 2013.
As the saying goes: “There’s no time like the present.” I look forward to helping you achieve your career goals.