Strategy & The Art of Career Building

In this economy, many people are facing layoffs and job uncertainty. Soon, they will be struggling to find new jobs in a very crowded market. Unfortunately, too many people don’t think about career building until they lose their job. This is the wrong time and shows limited ability.

What would you give to have a manual that tells you how to find a job, get the job in spite of many rivals, and then build your career over a lifetime? This series of articles discuss the use of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War for career development and job seeking. You will discover how to apply strategy to winning a new job and enhancing your career. This series of posts are based on Gary Gagliardi’s incredible book, The Art of War Plus The Art of Career Building. Pick up a copy at the SOSI store and join me in this discussion.

Now is the perfect time to start taking your long-term career success seriously. There is a good chance that you are either in the job market or soon will be. The economy is changing quickly and even secure jobs are in jeopardy. There is a good chance that you or someone you know needs some advice before making the next move.

I will walk through each chapter and focus your attention on some of the key aspects of career building. I will make no attempt at rewriting the entire book so if your interest is peaked, you’ll have to pick up the book.

The first thing that may cross you mind when applying The Art of War to career building is how war applies to your job. After all, you’re not at war so how can such a text be of value? You will discover that Sun Tzu wasn’t just talking about war. He was talking about winning. Right now, you need to win a job or enhance your career position. The art of career building is the battle for better positions within the job market.

Here is a breakdown of the 13 chapter and what each one has to offer you.

Chapter 1: Career Planning
Advice for when you need to reevaluate your current employment and how well it meets your long-term goals.

Chapter 2: Changing Jobs
Advice to understand the economic consequences of picking the right position to work in while pursuing your long-term goals.

Chapter 3: Picking the Right Job
Advice for when you are planning to change jobs and want to make the right choice.

Chapter 4: Getting Promoted
Advice for when you want to advance within your current organization.

Chapter 5: Career Momentum
Advice for when you need new ideas about how to keep your career moving.

Chapter 6: Organizational Politics
Advice for when you want to know how to position yourself within an organization.

Chapter 7: Internal Conflict
Advice for when you have to deal with conflicts at work.

Chapter 8: Flexibility in Your Career
Advice for when you have to adjust your career plans to unforeseen changes.

Chapter 9: Your Job Search
Advice for when you are interviewing for a new position.

Chapter 10: Evaluating Opportunity
Advice for when you need to judge the value of a given job role or organization.

Chapter 11: Career Stages
Advice for when you need to choose the appropriate tactics at a given point in your career.

Chapter 12: Winning a Job
Advice for when you think that you have the window of opportunity to advance.

Chapter 13: Using Contacts
Advice for when you need to improve your network of people who keep you informed.

What all this means is that even if your not looking for a job now, you still have to take the art of career building serious. In fact, if your job is not in danger, you’re in the best position to apply The Art of Career Building.

So join me over the next 13 days to find out how The Art of Career Building can help you build your career.