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Plan Your Career – Plan for Success!

Plan Your Career – Plan for Success!

Every successful person starts out with a plan. Looking for a job or planning your career is hard work and requires groundwork and careful preparation, the more you know about how to go about it, the greater the probability of achieving career success.

The more committed you are to planning your job search and decision making, the greater your chances of finding the job most suitable to you at this time of your life, paving the way for a rewarding career in the years ahead.

Check out the following tips and free career planning resources to help you win job satisfaction and realize your full potential.

Current Job Search Trends

  • According to researchers, 21 per cent of Australians are planning a career change in 2013. *Ref 1
  • Top reasons for leaving a current job are: The desire for a better career path … Something new … Improved working conditions
  • Job location and job satisfaction are among the top reasons for considering new positions: Distance required to travel to work … The people they work with … Better pay and conditions
  • The top five job job search tools in 2012 were: General jobs websites (61 per cent) … Newspapers (59 per cent) … Specialist jobs websites (55 per cent) … Employment agency (41 per cent) … Talking with contacts (34 per cent)
  • Using mobile phones in the job search has climbed to 9 per cent since 2008, 14% use mobile devices to browse for jobs or receive job related information.
  • Social networking tools to find a new job has risen 7 per cent since 2008 with the 45-54 year old age bracket reported to be the biggest rise. *Ref 2

* Source References:

  1. seeklearning.com.au
  2. advertisers.careerone.com.au


One of the most important decisions to make is the kind of workplace you feel comfortable with and want to work in, and what style of work you actually want to undertake. There are many options available to you – here are some of the main ones:

  • Ideal Work Environment – Located near your home or easy to get to … Pleasant surroundings … Friendly people and team
  • Key Values and Policies – Occupational Health & Safety / Equal Employment Opportunity / other … Honesty and fair minded … Genuine concern for staff … Holidays and recreation time is important
  • Career Opportunities – Learning, Training, Promotional potential (management, training staff), Travel
  • Financial Rewards – Bonuses … Company car or car allowance … Expense account … Health benefits … Telephone … Uniforms … Travel … Free products … Other benefits that you place value on


Don’t waste time and energy going after a job you don’t have a chance of getting (because you simply don’t meet the criteria), or one that you would loathe if you did get it because it does not meet your preferred criteria.

Free Tools and Resources

The following tools and resources will help save you time and to be more effective during the career planning process.

Check out these additional career-related resource articles to assist you in the job search planning and decision-making process.

Resource Links

Service Providers

Here are a list of service providers to assist you with your job search and employment opportunities.

The Australian Institute of Management – Queensland & Northern Territory (AIM)

Tel: 1300 882 895 or + 61 7 3227 4888
Fax: +61 7 3832 2497
Email: mailto: enquiry@aim.com.au
Web: AIM Training, Education & Professional Development
A not for profit entity which develops, supports, promotes and practises the profession of management at all levels.

Recruit Net
Tel: +61 03 9899 2233
Fax: +61 03 9899 2300
Email: mail@recruitnet.com.au
Website: https://australia.recruit.net/aboutus.html
Our team of Career Specialists have been providing an integrated and comprehensive range of employment services:
– Re-deployment
– Career Counselling
– Career Development Planning
– Self Employment Planning
– Job Search Guidance
– Retirement Planning
– Computer Training
– Personal and Financial Counseling Referrals

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Identify Careers for Job Satisfaction

Identify Careers for Real Job Satisfaction

Which job is right for you? To find your perfect career takes time and hard work – you need to research and investigate all options to identify the career that is most suited to your interests, abilities, enjoyment and lifestyle.

No-one will be able to help you if you don’t know where your career is heading. Even if you have a fair idea of the type of work you are seeking and where your target market is, it is essential to be able to identify your skills, knowledge and attributes to demonstrate what you have to offer.

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  • There are an estimated 50,000+ different occupations, and this number continually grows because of the technological evolution.
  • At this time in history, the typical person entering the workforce will have more than 10 different occupations by the time he or she retires


Selecting your career is no longer an easy task, with so many options available it is possible to find a path that matches all of your personal criteria, so you can enjoy job satisfaction in a rewarding environment and get paid for it.


List all career options that: Appeal to you … Suit you … Others have suggested you would be good at (eg family, career advisor, colleagues, etc) … You have checked out in newspapers and Internet for possible options … You have seen in the Yellow Pages categories

Document what you offer: Knowledge (e.g. courses) …  Skills (e.g. what you can do) and … Experience (e.g. what you have done)

Document your personality: Motivations (e.g. ambition to be manager, desire to retire early, etc) … Values (e.g. honesty, open communication, commitment, etc) … Interests (e.g. professional pursuits, hobbies, etc) … Attitude (e.g. hardworking, pessimistic, etc)

Critically evaluate your: Strengths (e.g. why someone would want you on their team) … Weaknesses (e.g. what would prevent someone from wanting you)

Free Tools and Resources

Whether you have carefully outlined your career goals, or still need to develop a plan, we can help. We have three DISC Behavioural Assessment categories available to assist you understand your own behavioural style and to assist you in being content and satisfied in the workplace and your career. All assessments are undertaken online and presented to you in both a colour and bound report and a PDF version.

The following checklists will assist you in identifying your suitable career.

Career Objective Checklist

Career Decision Checklist


Do your characteristics compliment your chosen career? Be sure NOT to sell yourself short.

Information and Further Research

How to Identify your Career



Service providers that can assist you with your job search and employment opportunities.

MAPP Assessment – Providing assessments (tests) and appraisals (reports) that are comprehensive and uniquely personal at Internet speed. We’d like to help each person who visits us reach maximum potential in his or her life work. Our MAPP Appraisals help individuals find work they love. MAPP Match assists organisations to find employees motivated to excel.


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