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We have all been told we need to get our annual doctor’s check-up, but have you ever considered conducting a career check-up – a holistic general assessment for the health management of your career?
Your doctor takes your vitals, blood pressure, weight, and general blood work to assess how healthy you are. Similarly, we can assess how healthy our career is by evaluating some key indicators that will tell us if we are on the right path. These key vitals are: healthy relationships, job knowledge, self-management and individual development.
It is important to evaluate not only how you view yourself and others, but how others view you. The health of your relationships can be evaluated by looking at the ones you have with your peers, direct reports internal and external customers and other stakeholders. If you are self-employed, you will want to consider relationships with your clients or customers, vendors, your direct reports and hires, and other key stakeholders (e.g., bankers and other outside professionals).
“Driving your career without conducting a yearly 360-degree feedback process is like driving on a busy freeway without looking in your rear-view or side-view mirror – the consequences could be catastrophic,” says Jaime Jusidman, President of ExecuSurv and an expert in feedback survey development.
While the following is not intended to be an exhaustive self-evaluation, it is a start. Do a quick check in the following areas and consider your answers to these questions.
When assessing the health of your relationship skills, ask yourself:
When assessing the health of your job knowledge, ask yourself:
When assessing the state of your self-management, ask yourself:
When assessing your individual development, ask yourself:
Once you have completed your annual “career check-up,” you can energize your career with a few simple changes and a few career “Vitamins” – which we’ll discuss in Part 2 of this article.
Silvia Van Dusen also contributed to this article.