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Taking Control Of Your Career Strategy

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By Tom Boyd, Dean at Kaplan University School of Business and Management

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Taking Control Of Your Career Strategy

  1. 1. TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER STRATEGY Tom Boyd Dean at Kaplan University School of Business and Management
  2. 2. Career planning is about being flexibly persistent Be persistent in driving towards your goals, but always be ready to adapt.
  3. 3. Skills most valued by employers • Strategic perspective • High integrity • Global outlook • Strong work ethic/dependability • Accountability What do hiring managers really want? TWO SIMPLE THINGS EVERY HIRING MANAGER LOOKS FOR: • Will this person make my life easier? • Will this person make me look good?
  4. 4. Experience is becoming more important • 30% of job seekers ranked prior experience as the top factor in getting a desirable job • Only 9% of hiring managers reported they would be extremely or very likely to hire a managerial candidate who lacked skills but appeared eager to learn on the job
  5. 5. Make sure you stand out • 90% of students identified “hard worker” as their key strength • Emphasize strengths & skills that are both highly valued and relatively rare
  6. 6. Find out what employers in your field are looking for • Use your network to find hiring managers in your field either on social media sites like LinkedIn or at networking events • Ask them for an informational interview and find out what skills and experience they’re looking for
  7. 7. Make a plan to build your skills • Write your dream cover letter & résumé • Assess what you need to do to be that person by deciding what strengths & skills you can develop • Make a plan to gain the experience that makes you the best candidate • Get involved in activities, groups, or clubs to gain experience outside the classroom PLAN
  8. 8. Key Takeaways • Find out what skills and qualities hiring managers in your field are looking for • Make a plan to develop skills and experience that you should improve upon • Display your skills on your résumé and in interviews to help you stand out as a top candidate

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