What does a sizzling and well defined six-pack have to do with career strategy? Pretty much everything. First you need to have a well-defined goal. Related: The 3-Step ‘Beat Unemployment’ Plan If you are going to the gym with the attitude, “Yeah, I am going to work out for a bit, use some of the weights, and see where it’s going to take me," you are pretty much guaranteed to never get that six-pack. It’s the same with your career. If you are just surfing sites like careerbuilder.com to see if an interesting job opening comes up, take a somewhat random certification that sounded neat, or send your resume just to every company in your area, you will most likely never end up in a secure and dream job like scenario.
Commit To A 360° ApproachFor attaining your goal of a premium six-pack, you will have to commit to a 360° fitness lifestyle approach. You will have to eat right and healthy, come up with effective cardio training and an ever challenging weight work out. On top of that you will have to permanently and consistently follow up on your plan. Ironically enough, I know quite a few people that can commit to this rigorous fitness regime, but can’t apply the same diligence for their career planning. And that is weird, because coming up with a good 360° career strategy is far less work. But let me elaborate on a few key ingredients you should take care of if you want to make sure you are ahead of your career competitors:
- Well-defined career goals (where to do you want to be and when)
- Outstanding resume and professional Bio
- Active LinkedIn Profile
- Personal Branding Strategy
- Strategic Partners and Business contacts
- Constant Networking