“Luck is where the crossroads of opportunity and preparation meet.” – Seneca, Roman Philosopher
Strategic career planning requires being awake at work all the time. It means being watchful of where you started, where you are now, and where you are going. It means being aware of what is going with your performance all the time. It means being alert for opportunities within and without your company. Being stable on the job does not mean being complacent. It means being steady while always watchful for ways to develop new skills and competencies, gain new experience, break new grounds.
When I coach people who want to move up and need to write a winning résumé, it has always been a huge project to juggle their memory on their significant accomplishments and achievements. Although most people are focused on the job and how to do it well day in and day out, they are not always conscious of how their contributions, no matter how small, really add up.
To ensure that you are able to record all the value-adding activities, take the time to make a weekly journal of your personal performance. It is the little details that are commonly missed. With time, these details can be easily forgotten. However, when put together, these details could comprise a big valuable contribution.
Learn how observing your personal performance and recording them helps in strategic career planning. Find out as well how valuable this is when you have to write your résumé and prepare for an interview.