How to Create A Career Plan That Really Works

If you are a recent college graduate, or if you are looking to make a career transition, the most effective way to proceed is by creating a career plan. Rather than formulating an idea in your head, write it out and keep a copy readily available to check your progress or to make adjustments along the way. The following tips can help you develop a logical plan for pursuing your career goals.

Target your dream job.

Decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. The ideal position may morph over time. For example, you could begin your career as a general practice nurse and eventually specialize to become a nurse anesthetist. Choose a career area, field, or industry where you would like to focus your professional efforts.

Inventory your credentials.

Take stock of your achievements so far. Include college degrees, certifications and licenses, extended learning, meritorious service as an employee or volunteer, and job skills mastered to date. You may be able to see patterns that will help you recognize your interests and strengths. There’s a good chance you would likely excel in a career that utilizes those qualities.

Acknowledge any weaknesses.

Conversely, note any lacks or weaknesses in your professional development to date. For example, if you would like to work as a foreign language interpreter but have not yet mastered any languages, you will have to address that need.

Set specific goals.

Instead of writing that you want to have a career position within six months, for example, indicate which career field interests you, and what type of position you would like to have. List steps you will take to reach your goal, such as applying for twenty jobs each week, posting a job-related blog on social media, or volunteering in your chosen career field to learn new skills and meet relevant professionals.

Establish a timeline.

Your timeline should be based on weekly and monthly career-oriented activities, not just long-term goals. For example, you could tweet or blog three days weekly about an area of expertise, or you could apply for ten jobs a week. You can also join a business group and attend monthly luncheons. You might plan to contribute an article to a trade publication every three months. Make good use of your skill set to set and meet career objectives.

Identify related needs.

Be realistic about monetary or time-related needs to address so that you can meet your goals. If you join a local business group, you might have to buy a professional outfit to wear. Blogging or applying to jobs weekly might require ten hours or more of your time. In addition, consider other reasonable needs that can help you meet your goals, such as seeking out a mentor or hiring a career coach for a few sessions.


The important thing is to keep working at your job goals. You may get frustrated or prospects may appear slim, but don’t give up. Success might be just around the corner when you send out that next batch of applications or schedule another interview

4 Ways to Position Yourself to Move Into Leadership

Repackage yourself as a Unique Subject Matter Expert

Consider all of the inefficient time-consuming processes which you have re-engineered over time with sleeves rolled up or simply by directing others to improve, along with those functions which you now execute brilliantly. Whether deep dive or wide-across, your full knowledge-base can often be swept under the rug, underestimating your lessons learned and experience.

You stepped up when duty called

Even if you haven’t officially held a management title, there is always a leadership track record you should be self-promoting. This can be based on past projects where you have stepped up when duty called. If you have supervised one or two people in your career, even in a mentoring role and guided them to succeed, this counts. If you were once the go-to person who fixed everyone else’s problems, managed expectations plus handled all of your workload to boot, then you have demonstrated how to run a virtual support center, even if whom you served in help-desk mode was limited to a small group of colleagues. Sift through every big and little win to share a powerful story to highlight your leadership legacy.

Your industry insights foraged over the years given all of your experience.

Don’t fall trap to the self-sabotage thinking that you don’t have any insights. If you simply have a pulse on how business moves in your industry that counts. If you have made your own conclusions about trends on a small scale, you are an expert. Care less about where you drew your conclusions from and more on the fact that you have an opinion on it and can engage in meaningful conversations.

When discussing your career track record, highlight:

Your functional area of expertise.
Your insight, pulse and opinions on your industry. What are the trends happening?
Your knowledge around a company’s products or those of the company you are seeking to join.
Your experience navigating “systems” naturally (knowing how things get done).
The end-to-end processes you can walk through of a specific function.
Your lessons learned and hands-on experience.
Your leadership legacy as a mentor, project manager, team lead, assistant, or supervisor.

Once taking inventory of your entire career track-record you inevitably become comfortable in self-promote mode leaving an impression which makes you memorable for new opportunities and in-line for referrals a la your unpaid sales force – a trusted pipeline where others happily put their reputation on the line referring you on, because they can feel your confidence.

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In our Gutsy Leadership Programs, learn how to have a Rock-Solid Confidence in all your Communication. Self-Promote as a Professional Expert. Implement Fierce Time Management. Eliminate Anxiety and Shift your Mindset and Inner Beliefs about your Self-Worth.

Virtual Offices In NYC For Everyone

New York City is that very high-end urban space we all know very promising. Yet, it is getting more and more difficult to proof it. Since, before we even get closer to what have been promised, it is even difficult to find the space to carry on; both for those who are seeking for the opportunities and those who are seeking to create it for them. In the most instances, it means that even job maker face seems hardship to find place unfortunately, no matter how good the aim actually is. This is in that bad cycle. In order to make job fields available, you need the job maker. But the job maker needs to make office and office needs space. Without the space, it is very possible that there is no job to make available.

We love New York City and we still want it to be that city of dreams; not one for only certain people but surely for as many as possible. All we need is the space. Well, we all may not be able to create those new spaces since we know, the city has its territorial border and the height of the building may has reached its limit, so it seems that we run out of space options here. But, this is still that city of dream so the way is not end.

There are virtual offices in NYC to create and then open more and more opportunities for all. Virtual office is new way of today’ office, where everything is made efficient and less stress. With less financial risk yet optimal management, you can make it virtual whatever your business is. And by the way, its quiet and calmness is just one of the bonuses you will love. Manage your way because yours is virtual

How to Use Mastermind Groups to Grow Your Career or Business

If you haven’t heard of them, they are the proverbial meeting of the minds: consistent, regularly scheduled meetings of liked-mindedness. Women professionals especially, are increasingly joining business masterminds given their ability to easily form bonds and farm relationships as well as their desire for deeper connections to grow their careers.

Uncover your Blind Spots. Co-Create Solutions to get you Unstuck.

Originally introduced by Napoleon Hill discussed in his classic “Think and Grow Rich” the theory behind masterminds is that when you bring together an intimate group of folks (usually kept to five or six members, for maximum effectiveness) who share common challenges each with a very specific goal in mind, the channeling of like-minded energy in the room, will inevitably create a space which allows for the spawning and co-creating of powerful solutions for one another. These take the shape of inspired on-the-fly next steps, which if on your own was unable to see for yourself, until you opened about where you are stuck, seeking external support.

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind].” – Napoleon Hill on the principle behind Masterminds.

Brainstorm and Attract Results Quickly

On an energetic vibration level per the laws of Quantum Physics, the powerful results bubbling from this type of forum, are delivered at the foot of each member before the mastermind ends, guaranteed to always show up. That is, it’s impossible for anyone to walk away without receiving clarity around what the next best step is for them to take, nudging them directly towards their Breakthrough Goal. The number one benefit to joining a mastermind is that you see results quickly; the solutions come rushing in as soon you open it up.

Trusted and Confidential

As humans, when struggling with a situation, we are less likely to reach out and lean on others for support. There’s a level of pride and fear of failure inevitably holding us back. Shifting your mindset however, working in a supportive, small group in collaborative mode, masterminds lay out some firm ground rules that put those concerns to bed. Up-front, everyone signs-on to share a sacred space which is confidential and safe.

Commit to Thinking Bigger about yourself

After going round-robin where each member has had time to present their situation, discuss and gain valuable feedback from the group, they are asked to make a commitment to something they normally wouldn’t commit to if they weren’t part of the group. This not only stretches you to a new level, but becomes your new normal where you are consistently maximizing your potential throughout the mastermind experience without looking back; this is full accountability.

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In our Gutsy Leadership Programs, learn how to have a Rock-Solid Confidence in all your Communication. Self-Promote as a Professional Expert. Implement Fierce Time Management. Eliminate Anxiety and Shift your Mindset and Inner Beliefs about your Self-Worth.

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The Road To Resilience

“Protective agencies within organisations often lack strategic influence, operating independently of one another, conflicting over areas of responsibility and resources.”

Managing Challenges, Change and Opportunity across the Enterprise

The interconnected and interdependent nature of organisations means exposure to a turbulent international business environment and a range of external risks and opportunities.

For many organisations shorter production lifecycles and more individualised customer demands are increasing the need for even greater connectivity and integration throughout the supply chain driving the need for greater resilience. These requirements when contrasted with increased volatility in the external environment represent a significant challenge for organisations.

To anticipate, plan and manage uncertainty within the external environment requires that organisations build and maintain networks with governments, non governmental organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to acquire intelligence, change behaviours, change legislation, dissipate potentially damaging confrontations and solve complex issues often outside of an organisation’s direct sphere of control. Business Diplomacy competencies are recognised as key for the development of an adaptive capacity to strengthen the organisation.

But what about the agencies within the organisation that have responsibility for anticipating, preparing for, responding and adapting to everything from minor everyday events to major situations?

Examples of these protective agencies include Physical Security, Information Security, Business Continuity Management, Crisis Management, Risk Management, Asset Management, Facilities Management, Quality Management and Reputation Management.

Protective agencies within organisations often lack strategic influence, operating independently of one another, conflicting over areas of responsibility and resources.

This introduces weakness affecting the organisation’s overall ability to anticipate risks, identify opportunities and develop the necessary agility to respond in a timely manner.

So could diplomatic knowhow be applied here too?

Experience of international business and politics, management of multi level, cross cultural interfaces at the internal and external boundaries of the organisation can be used to promote collaboration between divisions/business units and supply chain, represent the consolidated view of protective agencies at board level and unite those concerned with maintaining the depth and breadth of resilience across the enterprise.

Key benefits

Top management receive a consolidated view of intelligence (internal and external) used to set direction and inform decision-making
Organisational resilience is strengthened through greater integration of specific disciplines and improved understanding of critical interdependencies
Improved efficiency through closer collaboration between protective agencies
Increase power and legitimacy for agencies at board level, to influence strategy and development of a resilient culture
End to end view across internal, supply chain and external environments
Emphasises a common goal for organisational resilience
Greater agility in detecting, anticipating and responding to incidents or crises
Increased capacity to adapt to change
Facilitates progression towards a single architecture for the management of enterprise organisational resilience

For an organisation to survive and thrive requires the ability to identify and adapt to change and uncertainty where possible before the need for change becomes urgent. The ability to adapt in this way represents an opportunity to outperform competitors and improve brand, trust and reputation with customers and stakeholders.