Career Skills – Start Here!

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This section of Mind Tools looks at tools and approaches you can use to manage your career successfully.

It starts with five articles which help you think about career direction. These tools help you uncover what you do best and identify the types of work that you’ll enjoy doing most. From this, you can figure out how to make the most of your skills and preferences, whether in your current role or in a new one.

Amongst these, our article on Personal SWOT Analysis   shows you how you can apply the well-known SWOT strategy tool to your life and career, helping you identify your strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities open to you and the threats you face. This leads naturally into the idea of job crafting  . This is something that many of us do subconsciously to some extent, but our article gives you a rigorous approach that you can use to craft your ideal job.

Our next group of articles help you to develop your career in various ways. We show you what you can be doing now to future proof your career   and to get ready for promotion  . And if you’re frustrated because your hard work and abilities are going unnoticed, find out how to get the recognition you deserve  .

Of course, despite your best efforts and preparation, careers don’t always go to plan, especially in a volatile economic climate. So we show you how to live with a lack of job security   and how to cope with life after job loss  . Yet even when the economy’s booming, you can still face challenging career situations such as hitting a “glass ceiling  ”. Find out what you can do to break through these!

We round off this section with two articles that will help you transition through significant events in your career. First, we look at what you can do when you get a new boss  , and then we see how to wrap up in one role before moving on  .

This site teaches you the skills you need for a happy and successful career; and this is just one of many tools and resources that you'll find here at Mind Tools. Click here for more, subscribe to our free newsletter, or become a member for just $1.

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