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Career-Finding a Job

Career-Finding a Job

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Michael A. Wirth

Director—Business and Application Development
Talent+, Lincoln, NE

If you have decided to make a career change or apply for an inter-
nal promotion, there truly is a plan and process to it all. To provide
you with that information, we turned to Michael Wirth, who shared
his insights on what to do before looking for a job or considering
an internal promotion. Here is his step-by-step plan of action:

1.Decide what you want to do and who you want to be.This step
is critical in preparing yourself for the right career opportunities.

2.Take a few career-assessment tools.These can provide you
with extremely valuable information about your skills, motiva-
tors, personality, career preferences, and more. What’s more,
many assessments are now available online, which makes the
process of taking them much easier, faster, and less expensive.

3.Do a career inventory search.In essence, identify your core
skills, competencies, knowledge, and areas of expertise. Then
take it one step further and identify which industries and pro-
fessions look for candidates with those precise qualifications.

4.Ask others how they perceive you and your skills.This is
invaluable information in helping you prepare yourself for
your next opportunity. Remember, people do not necessarily
perceive you as you perceive yourself!

5.Reflect back on your career and what you have enjoyed the
These functions, projects, roles, and responsibilities
should be the foundation for your next career opportunity.
Work consumes such a huge portion of our lives and you will
be much more successful if you do what you enjoy and what
satisfies you.

The preceding items are what Michael refers to as the must-haves in
one’s career. Then add to that mixture your priorities for salary,
location, and corporate values. When you have amassed all of this
information, you are then ready to launch your search. If you do
not know who you are or what you want to do, a job search can be
a tremendous waste of time. Create a job search plan that address-
es all of the preceding five items and then work that plan to create
your own career success.

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When you decide to make a career change, it will change your entire
life and the way that you look at your family, friends, customers,
colleagues, supervisors, and the world. Think hard about why you
want to make that change and then stay focused on that change.
Read books, talk to people, get involved in different activities, and
expand your circle of influence. The more you learn, the more peo-
ple you meet, and the more information you acquire, the better pre-
pared you will be to make a positive change in your life.

Experience does not beget excellence. Just because you do not have
experience does not mean that you do not have the talent. Look
inside and think about what you want to do and why. Can you do
it well? Do you want to make the change because you want recog-
nition or more money? Obviously, those things are important, but
not as important as finding a job that you will find personally and
professionally rewarding. We spend such a huge amount of our time
working these days. If you are not fulfilled, those days, hours,
months, and years can seem to go on forever.


Authors’ Best Advice for
Moving Your Career Forward

1.Know who the “professional you” is.Your career will
progress much more rapidly if you are in a position and
industry that excites you and in which you excel. And the
best way to determine this is to really understand who you
are, what motivates you, what energizes you, and what
gives you the most professional satisfaction. Taking the
time to explore these concepts prior to launching your
career will definitely put you in a stronger position for
building and managing your career over time.

2.Create a lifelong career plan.Start developing your person-
alized career plan today. Include your short-term and long-
range career objectives for type of position, type of industry,
geographic preference, compensation, and more. And do
not just make it an activity that you are going to work on
this week or this month. Your career plan is a dynamic doc-
ument that will change over time. You will need to devote

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the time and resources to updating it on a regular basis. We
recommend doing so every 6 to 12 months.

3.Keep records of all of your achievements. As part of your
career plan, you will want to record all of your profession-
al accomplishments, honors, awards, project highlights,
and any other information about how you have succeeded.
Not only is this information useful when preparing for a
job search, writing a resume, and proactively managing
your job interviews, it is also extremely valuable when you
look back at what you have accomplished and what you
have enjoyed. That information might provide you with
baseline data for where to take your career next.

4.Be flexible.Change happens everywhere, in every industry
and every market sector in the world. Those changes will
most likely impact your career at one point or another. Be
prepared and be flexible, knowing that to continue moving
forward you might have to change your career direction as
industries and markets change.

5.Accept new challenges and new opportunities.You might
think to yourself that you are not too excited about your
recent lateral move into a new department. Rather than be
dismayed about your new responsibilities, look at them as
challenges and opportunities to further expand your skills,
knowledge, and expertise. With each new layer of qualifi-
cations that you add to your portfolio, you will be posi-
tioning yourself for better and greater opportunities that
will come in the future.

6.Find a mentor.There are few things that you can do in your
career that will be more valuable to you than finding a true
mentor, an individual who has a vested interest in you and
your success. In turn, your role is to support your mentor
and make them look good, feel good, and excel. If you are
fortunate enough to have this type of reciprocal relation-
ship, it can take your own career to new heights.

7.Know your employer and what they value.If you are happy
with your current employer and want to remain with the
company, the best advice we can offer is to thoroughly
understand what they value in their employees. If you know

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the company’s hot buttons, you can better prepare yourself
for promotional opportunities within the organization.

8.Know when it is time to move on.When the day comes that
you do not want to get out of bed and go to your job any-
more, you will know that the time has come to leave. There
is almost nothing worse than dragging yourself to a job
each day where you are unhappy and unfulfilled. When you
begin to experience those feelings, your subconscious is
telling you something, so listen and act accordingly. There
are virtually no jobs where someone is content to remain
for the rest of their lives, and that is okay.

9.Accept your failures and move on.Everyone fails at some
point in their lives, and the best thing that you can do is
accept that we are all human. Do not gloss over the failure
or attempt to change how people interpret it. If a product
you designed does not work or a new customer-service pro-
gram you developed was a bust, learn what you can from
those mistakes and move on. No employer expects 100 per-
cent perfection from anyone!

10.Network at the top.As we have communicated repeatedly
throughout this book, there is no better strategy for plan-
ning and managing a successful career than networking.
Not only can your network contacts be of tremendous
value to you when you are in an active job search cam-
paign, they are just as valuable to you in your lifelong
career-management efforts. They can provide guidance,
recommendations, insights, referrals, and more, all of
which can be critical components to your long-term career
success, advancement, and fulfillment.

Take control of your career and great things will happen! We
guarantee it!

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accepting job offers, 185–186,
accountants, 20
achievement journals, 8
adaptability, 217, 228, 237. See also
workplace adaptation
Adler Group/CIA, 153
Adler, Lou, 153
advancing your career, 204–238
assessing skills and experience, 235
best advice, 236–238
challenges and risk taking, 211, 237
changes in employment climate,
216–217, 220, 231–232,
characteristics, skills, and abilities
of promotable employees,
communicating, 212–214
company fit, 227
conferences and seminars, 219
continuing education, 209
corporate communication
structure, 214
cross-cultural communications, 213
failures, 238
feedback from others, 235
flexibility and adaptability, 217,
228, 237
human resources department, 230
innovative thinking and creativity,
inventory, 235
leadership roles, 209, 211–212
manager’s help, 230
mentors, 213, 224–226, 237
moving on to new job, 231–232,
235–236, 238

networking, 213, 222–223, 229,
nonverbal communication, 214
opportunities for advancement, 210
patience, 210
personal fulfillment and
satisfaction, 221
planning for, 236–237
poor performance, 230
positioning yourself for promotion,
208–212, 219–220
positive image, 214
professional associations, 218
recordkeeping of achievements, 237
relationship building, 209, 213,
222–223, 228–229, 238
selling yourself, 229
strategies, 215–216, 228–230
titles, 218–219
values and principles, 227–228,
young professionals, 223–224
age and job search, 26, 82–84
alumni career offices, 4
assessing skills and experience, 2,
31, 35–36, 43–44, 52
to advance your career, 206–208,
in handling rejection, 107–108
for interviews, 158
in resumes, 79


balancing life/career objectives, 2, 27,
35, 50–51, 54

bankers, 20
Bargeron, Christopher, 44
benefits packages, 118, 181, 190–193
body language, 167–168, 175, 214

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