JOB SHOP – The route to success

Career planning no longer follows the conventional style; today it is about developing a bouquet of workplace skills that are valuable in organisations across industries
It is critical for everyone to plan his/her career. The first step is to distinguish between a job and a career. Second, understand what you want and accordingly explore the market. However, career planning no longer follows the conventional connotation. Instead, it is about developing a bouquet of workplace skills that is valuable in organisations across industries. Since “one size fits all” definition of career does not exist in today’s context, it might be a good idea to turn to a career counsellor for guidance. Part-time jobs Often jobs are means to an end. Young students/freshers often take up several part-time jobs. At times, however, these series of jobs can lead to a long-term career. Every assignment you take up could be a building block to a career goal. So, our advice would be to channel your career path through careful selection of shortterm/part-time assignments. Passion or profession The million-dollar dilemma remains a choice between passion and profession. Much of this depends on your attitude as well as your family background. A realistic approach would be to first look after your financial and physical security after which you may branch out to cultivate your passion. Career makeover Career patterns have changed dramatically, making career planning all the more difficult. However, the basic tenet remains the same. The principles are centred on the individual and not on the organisation. Thus, longterm career planning would involve identifying and developing core skills that employers will always value as you chalk out personal and career objectives in broad strokes.Career planning entails three basic steps as discussed ahead.

Get to know yourself through self-assessment: The first step to good career planning is self-assessment. Then identify your talent and assess your skills to find a suitable match between your aptitude and interest. Thoroughly research the career options available to you. In case of any ambiguity, use a career counsellor’s services to help you take a decision. One word of advice, career development is a lifelong process. Therefore, do not be rigid in defining your boundaries. Be prepared for a continuous journey, gathering skill sets as you move along.

Explore career options: About 25 years ago, job search was not even a topic of discussion, few were available and even fewer advertised. Now a buoyant economy with a diversified industrial base and a robust services sector offer a wide array of job opportunities. There is no shortage of jobs in the country but the question is, how one gets access to them. First and foremost, you would need to know the channels to explore. This includes both advertised and the hidden job market. About 20-30 per cent of jobs are not advertised and can be accessed through networking and marketing oneself.

The job opportunity channels are… ? Training-cum-placement: Vocational institutes which assist in identifying job opportunities ? Direct advertisements in print: Classified advertisements ? Career portals: The Internet is considered to be the most cost-effective channel for job search ? Corporate websites: Include information on openings, also carry select information pertaining to work culture, environment, HR policies ? Job fairs: Several organisations participate in job fairs ? Walk-in interviews: Details published in newspapers ? HR consultants: Job aspirants approach with their portfolio and seek career opportunities ? Referrals: Word of mouth referencing ? Campus recruitment: Corporate recruitment in colleges ? Employment exchange: Not the most popular approach amongst city bred. However, small town people still register in the hope of landing a job Take action: Some concrete steps would include… ? Do a thorough research on the industries and companies you are planning to apply to ? Dress accordingly; the first impression may just be the last! ? Carry enough resumes ? Build a career portfolio and carry that with you ? Come prepared to be interviewed ? Use positive body language ¦ ? Follow up after the meeting Excerpts from the Employability Primer 2006, perpared by TeamLease Services Private Ltd. Permanent Staffing Business
It is critical for everyone to plan his/her career. The first step is to distinguish between a job and a ca- reer. Second, understand what you want and accordingly explore the market. However, career planning no longer follows the conventional con- notation. Instead, it is about devel- oping a bouquet of workplace skills that is valuable in organisations across industries. Since “one size fits all” definition of career does not ex- ist in today’s context, it might be a good idea to turn to a career coun- sellor for guidance. Part-time jobs Often jobs are means to an end. Young students/freshers often take up several part-time jobs. At times, however, these series of jobs can lead to a long-term career. Every assign- ment you take up could be a building block to a career goal. So, our advice would be to channel your career path through careful selection of short- term/part-time assignments. Passion or profession The million-dollar dilemma re- mains a choice between passion and profession. Much of this depends on your attitude as well as your family background. A realistic approach would be to first look after your fi- nancial and physical security after which you may branch out to culti- vate your passion. Career makeover Career patterns have changed dra- matically, making career planning all the more difficult. However, the basic tenet remains the same. The princi- ples are centred on the individual and not on the organisation. Thus, long- term career planning would involve identifying and developing core skills that employers will always value as you chalk out personal and career ob- jectives in broad strokes. Career planning entails three basic steps as discussed ahead. Get to know yourself through self-assessment: The first step to good career planning is self-assess- ment. Then identify your talent and assess your skills to find a suitable match between your aptitude and in- terest. Thoroughly research the ca- reer options available to you. In case of any ambiguity, use a career coun- sellor’s services to help you take a de- cision. One word of advice, career de- velopment is a lifelong process. Therefore, do not be rigid in defining your boundaries. Be prepared for a continuous journey, gathering skill- sets as you move along. Explore career options: About 25 years ago, job search was not even a topic of discussion, few were available and even fewer advertised. Now a buoy- ant economy with a diversified indus- trial base and a robust services sector offer a wide array of job opportunities. There is no shortage of jobs in the country but the question is, how one gets access to them. First and foremost, you would need to know the channels to explore. This includes both adver- tised and the hidden job market. About 20-30 per cent of jobs are not advertised and can be accessed through network- ing and marketing oneself. The job opportunity channels are… ? Training-cum-placement: Voca- tional institutes which assist in iden- tifying job opportunities ? Direct advertisements in print: Classified advertisements ? Career portals: The Internet is considered to be the most cost-effec- tive channel for job search ? Corporate websites: Include infor- mation on openings, also carry select information pertaining to work cul- ture, environment, HR policies ? Job fairs: Several organisations participate in job fairs ? Walk-in interviews: Details pub- lished in newspapers ? HR consultants: Job aspirants ap- proach with their portfolio and seek career opportunities ? Referrals: Word of mouth refer- encing ? Campus recruitment: Corporate recruitment in colleges ? Employment exchange: Not the most popular approach amongst city bred. However, small town people still register in the hope of landing a job Take action: Some concrete steps would include… ? Do a thorough research on the in- dustries and companies you are plan- ning to apply to ? Dress accordingly; the first impres- sion may just be the last! ? Carry enough resumes ? Build a career portfolio and carry that with you ? Come prepared to be interviewed ? Use positive body language ¦ ? Follow up after the meeting Excerpts from the Employability Primer 2006, perpared by TeamLease Services Pri- vate Ltd. Permanent Staffing Business