Strategic Planning for the Fifty Plus Job Search - Part 1
When I initially began to discuss this process of Strategic Planning for the Fifty Plus Job Search and Career Development many individuals said that it was something only business uses. Well in that definition those individuals are correct, however, Strategic Planning is now a primary focus for the Boomer generation when in the job search and determining any direction is necessary for your career plans.
So why and how does Strategic Planning intersect with the job search process? Let's take a quick look at what and why business use Strategic Planning.
Companies utilize Strategic Planning for growth and sustaining business, it is where a business plan is modified annually and for multiple years to achieve desire goals. If an organization did not have Strategic Planning which is what dtermines long term development they would not be successful.
Organizations utilize Strategic Planning to ascertain how the organization will deal with economic challenges and benefits.
Corporations utilize Strategic Planning for developing long term strategies to achieve their annual business plans.
Although there are more reasons that organizations utilize strategic planning it is important for Fifty Plus job seekers to understand how this concept carries over into the job search and ones' career plans.
Under the standard methods utilized for the job search the job seeker is planning for finding that one job that matches their skills and experiences. In addition, the job seeker is attempting to express to prospective employers how they will benefit an employer by accomplishing certain and definable results.
These methods are fine except they fail to take into consideration the following criteria for Boomers and X Gens and other workers.
Fifty Plus job hunters must plan not just for the next job but NOW for the total career line they will have until retirement, if one can retire. This means that just planning for one new job is no longer enough in todays work environment.
Boomers as all job seekers must develop plans that establish career paths for as many years possible until there is the possiblity to retire or whatever the individual case must be. lf universities are now informing graduates that they will be changing jobs every two to three years and have at least four to five different careers then Boomers must examine their own career paths. This is where Strategic Planning for the Job Seeker is vital.
Ask yourself these questions while you are in the job search.
Are your job search plans centered on only finding the next job?
Have you established a plan for the next job, as most current jobs today that are being filled according to some experts will have a life cycle of 12 to 18 months.
Do you have a plan for what to do after the new job you find, what about for contingencies and five to ten years from now?
Do you understand the REQUIRED need for multiple streams of incomes?
In this brief introduction to the Strategic Planning for the Fifty Plus Job Seeker I want to give you some questions to think about. In the next installation on this topic I will go into detail about how to develop a Strategic Plan for the Job Seeker.