At the job and beyond the job.

Time to invest in the future. What can you do now, in your current job, to position yourself for advancement? What is your next step forward? Where will you make it, and when? Use these resources to manage your progress toward your career goals.

Moving your career forward 
You're in a job you like, and working hard to make it a success. Why is now the best time to think about moving your career forward? Time is on your side. You can give your career aspirations some thoughtful attention and planning without the pressure of job dissatisfaction or a job loss. It's time to assess where you are, where you want to be and how you are going to get there.

Start by updating your resume with any new employment experiences, skills and accomplishments. Then, evaluate your career interests and skills, and think about your satisfaction with your current situation. Use this personal career inventory as your starting point. Are there skills you would like to learn? Do you want to build your list of accomplishments? Think about steps you can take in your current position to fill in any gaps

Create your career vision 
What direction do you want to take with your career right now? Next year? In five years? As you contemplate your direction, consider:

What motivates you 
Trends in your industry - what areas are growing and what knowledge/skills will be needed
Transferability of your skills and experience to other industries
Trends in the world of work that may affect your future opportunities
Also consider the types of positions and organizations that make a right fit for you. For guidance, use resources like The Right Job, Right Now by H.R. professional Susan Strayer, or interactive career direction tools like MyCareerDriver at . Resources like these can help you develop your vision for your career.

Develop your plan 
Now, define short- and long-term goals that will help you achieve your career vision. Short-term goals take one to three years to achieve. They are often a stop along the way to long-term goals, which generally are reachable in three to five years. A goal can be a promotion, a position at a different company, a salary level or any other specific objective.

Once you've defined your goals, write down the steps you need to achieve them. You can make a simple checklist, create a schedule or write a 20-page detailed document. You can always revise your plan as time goes on.

Make it happen 
Leverage the resources around you as you work toward your goals with the following tactics:

Find a mentor 
A mentor can provide guidance and honest feedback to help you navigate your career path. Choose someone that you respect and trust who also has a solid reputation in your industry and contacts within the industry and community. Consider a former co-worker or manager, a local business leader or a university instructor. Keep your mentor updated on your career and any tough challenges or decisions you face.

Network, network, network 
Simply defined, networking is making connections and building relationships with people who can help you advance your career. Networking is the best way to find a new job. It's also critical for career progress.

Keep learning 
To get ahead, you need to be informed. Integrate learning opportunities into your career plan:

Know what's hot in workplace and skills trends. Check job boards and job postings on a regular basis to look for patterns in the skills and characteristics most important to employers. If your skills don't match up with workplace demands, find a way to update your skills.

Read. Every time you read a magazine, trade journal, newspaper, Web site or blog, you learn something that may help your career. Bookmark sites like which helps you take charge of your career. Utilize services like
Google Alerts, which automatically sends you e-mails about any type of info you're tracking. For example, you might want to receive Alerts for anything related to your current employer or a potential employer.

Explore new careers. If you're in a job that you don't like, isn't paying well or isn't in sync with your career goals, consider taking a temporary job or project work to develop new skills, make new contacts or try something you really want to do.
Learn two new skills per year. They could be skills your manager recommends, in-demand skills or skills to develop a personal interest.

Once you've written your plan, use it to maintain your focus on the steps that will bring you closer to your career aspirations. Review your progress at least twice a year, and make needed revisions. And always remember, you have the power to make things happen.

Find positions that will move your career forward at

Connect with us
Job Seekers Employers Media & Research About Manpower
Jobs search
Login /Register
Career Resources
Candidate services
Frequently Asked Questions
Permanent Recruitment
Manpower Business Solutions
Recruitment Process Outsourcing
Borderless Talent Solution
HR Consulting
Training & Development
Global Press room
White papers
Manpower Employment Outlook Survey
Company Overview
Manpower Vietnam
Vision and Value
Group of Company
Contact us
© 2012 ManpowerGroup. All Rights Reserved.    |   |  Manpower |  Right Management