Ever heard of ACTIVE versus PASSIVE career management? One has a strategy. The other "happens".
Don't be herded through your career. Learn to ACTIVELY stand out!
Here's the difference below:
Active Career Management (Driver of Your Career)
You drive your career with meaning and purpose by clarifying your intent and long-term work-life goals. The meaning becomes the "fuel" for your career.
You have clarity on WHO you are (strengths, interests, skills, weaknesses, barriers, leadership styles, opportunities, and threats), WHAT you bring to the table, (your value) and WHERE you want to go and grow and the meaning of your work-life (long-term vision with defined meaning) and HOW you will get there (a clear strategy with milestones and an action plan to see your strategy to fruition).
You ask to be considered for promotions based on your performance AND value, not because you have "paid your dues".
You will stay on top of where the job market is going and learn to stay afloat when computer automation, artificial intelligence, and global labor markets challenge your labor market.
You understand how to track your salary against inflation, and assure it is growing according to short and long-term goals; know how to negotiate your salary based on value.
Your energy and drive are fueled by the meaning you have carved into your career and life- and even when work is difficult, you have a purpose that gets you up every day. Opportunities pop up way more often because people respond to your positive and productive energy.
You are aware of the latest trends to search for a job, and also know they can look completely different in five years. Your brand and value position statements are strong and convey unique value and continuity across your online and offline resume kit and social media (which are fine-tuned for every job you apply for using optimization).
You know the best way to utilize networking in all aspects of your career track for you know how vital it is to your trajectory.
You have increased your business knowledge-because to manage your career like your own business, you need to have an understanding of it.
You have higher career satisfaction, job security and increased confidence due to the fact that you have a career strategic plan (Career5 Road Map) in place throughout your career , and have done the work needed to make your dreams and goals a reality.
Passive Career Management (Passenger in Your Career)
You have no clear purpose or sense of direction for you are not sure what holds meaning to you in your life.
You feel like a passenger, not a driver of your career with your employer often dictating where you go.
Your confidence suffers for you are not growing and you often feel you are in a rut; or your confidence is falsely built up like a shell protecting yourself because you lack purpose in life and authenticity.
You often feel like a victim and reactive to criticism, instead of empowered and anchored.
Your life and career goals are not aligned and therefore there is less traction occurring in either your personal life or career making you feel out of balance.
Your salary becomes stagnant and your job is “just” a job; or you make an AMAZING salary, but you STILL do not feel happy, buying “stuff” to occupy your time.
You are more expendable for you feel burned out, less energetic, and it makes you less inclined to stay adaptable and on the cutting edge of your field; or your need for constant movement is so intense because you lack meaning and value which shows up in various forms of problems or addiction in your life (dwindling list of friends, poor eating, drugs, alcohol, over-exercising, etc.).
You network with others but the purpose is often blurry and unclear, and just feels social and often a waste of time.
You think “branding” is only a marketing concept for businesses.
You know about automation and artificial intelligence, but you are unsure how it will affect you, so you ignore it.
You think your resume from 10 years ago just needs a little updating and the cover letter tweaked to find another job.
You begin to know what sheep feel like...because you are “herded” into positions where organizations need to fill bodies.