The dictionary defines inventory as both a noun and a verb. The noun, inventory, is a detailed, itemized list, report, or record of things in one’s possession, especially a periodic survey of all goods and materials in stock. The verb, inventory, is the process of making such a list, report, or record. This month, we’re going to inventory your inventory.
The first step in taking inventory is knowing what you want it to accomplish. That’s something you need to decide. Are you looking actively for a job, or are you just looking to advance in your current one? Are you happy with your career course, or do you feel it’s time to try something different? If you’re not sure, the perfect place to start would be a career assessment that inventories your skills, aptitudes, and interests.
Now that you have a clear goal in mind, it’s time to inventory your abilities. Listing your skills along with their outcomes or accomplishments will give you a solid understanding of where you have been, where you are going, and what you need to improve to realize your intended goal. It will also help you understand what tangible skills you have to offer your current or future employer. If you are staying on your current career course, you’re ahead of the game. If you’re contemplating a career change, you have a little more work in establishing how your current or past skills will transition to your new endeavors.
So now you have a strong sense of where you’re going and how your past is going to contribute to your future. Now what? It’s time to move forward! If you’re going to progress through your current company, start investigating their process for advancement. If you’re looking for another job your options are wide open! Internet websites, newspapers, job fairs, networking, placement services, and career coaches are all fantastic avenues for career opportunities. Keeping your contacts and opportunities inventoried or organized will help you stay on track for success!
The skills and accomplishments that you inventoried earlier will help you with the interview and negotiation process. By having a good understanding of what you are able to contribute and how that relates to a potential employer will give you an advantage in marketing yourself more effectively and showing your true worth. If you feel a little rusty on these skills, give us a call and we can help you work through them!
At C~Cubed we’re also taking inventory of our assets and we consider you, our customer and friend, to be among what we value most.
As a nationally Credentialed Career Manager, Coach Kevin Tucker has been partnering with individuals like you for the last 25 years. Through the military, as a minister, a human resources executive, and finally as a career and life transition coach; he has continually been able to help motivated individuals find their calling in life! Check out more at www.CoachKevinTucker.com.