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Step 2: Develop a Career Plan

What are your career goals? What do you need to do to achieve your goals?

The job search process is not a linear process. As you embark on your career journey, you will find that many of the action items in each step are being performed at the same time. Developing a career plan can help you organize those action items.

Once you have assessed yourself and understand your skills, interests, and values, you can start defining the career field you are interested in pursuing. Understanding yourself may validate that you want to continue pursuing your career field. In many cases, a new career direction emerges. Defining your career field includes identifying desired job titles, working conditions, schedule, location, and compensation. You also need set an action plan for achieving your career goals.

As discussed in Step 1, there are a number of online resources to help you define your career field and draft your career plan:

Other career plan resources include: 

  • Quintessential Careers is a comprehensive career resource site that has a wealth of job search and career advice, articles, and tools.
  • The Riley Guide also provides free career and employment information. The site helps you navigate your way through the job search process. 



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