Career Check List 2023

Basic Career Check List for 2023

I always take advantage this season to review my basic career check list, and ensure I am career ready for the coming year… It really pays off to do an “end of year career check list”… Software and technology upgrades complete for desktop and mobile? Check. Computer and email files cleaned out? Check. Apps inventory complete and paired down? Check. Hard drive backed up? Check. Document and email files organized and ready to go for 2022? Check! Newsletters curated and updated to reflect your needs going forward? Check!

Perfect. You’re now ready to take your career check list the next level!

Career goals checklist

2022 Career Goals

Next Level Career Check List for 2023

Short, mid and long-term goals list? Check! Personal brand, resume and email signature upgraded and fit to pass artificial intelligence (AI) and applicant tracking systems (ATS)? Check! Library of “visuals” for social media? Check!  Strategic, empowered approach to hidden job market? Check! Expanded/CURATED network of contacts? Check! Screening call/interview ready? Check! Ready to negotiate that raise? Check! Can you tell an employer exactly why you’re better than anyone else for that job (p.s…it’s all about your business case!)? DOUBLE CHECK!

Goals readiness 2022

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I got into the habit of doing year-end computer and marketing scrubs years ago! Cleaning out my computer and feeds, upgrading my software, and preparing my marketing tools really puts me in a confident spot, starting the new year. Everything feels fresh and organized — which leaves me open to creating new product, overhauling services, and generally putting my best foot forward professionally. I repeat: it feels really good but also, it’s massively empowering: a GREAT POSITION to be in, starting any new year.

I challenge you to do the same. It takes 3-4 days to get it all done, but it’s so.worth.it!

Set yourself (or a friend) up for professional success in 2022! Pay this forward and share on social, for a friend, colleague, classmate, employee, new gradmillennial, new immigrant, or anyone in your circle who is under/un-employed, and struggling to get greater career traction.

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13 brilliant templates for writing resumes, cover letters, bios, recommendations. It also has a killer job search spreadsheet to help you maximize your approaches to hiring managers!

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Our 2023 DIY Career WorkBook is your complete, downloadable “How-To” resource for successfully marketing yourself or your business in the hyper-competitive pandemic era.

The Toolkit was created to provide a step by step guide with everything you need for getting that new job you’ve been dreaming about, reinventing yourself, or, starting and building a new business.

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Here’s what “everything” looks like in the DIY Career WorkBook Menu

✔️ Next Level Goal Planning: How to organize your career or business goals into short term, mid term, and long-term categories so you can know what you’re shooting for, and when to expect it! “Formalizing my career plan showed me that my goals were achievable — all that I had to do was to be systematic about pursuing them.” Gloria YK
✔️ Build Your Professional Brand: A check-list of what “marketing tools” you need to get that job or build your business. “Learning about the marketing side of things is just as important as the content side — I wish I’d learned this much earlier.” Jacky H
✔️ Content Style Resume for Online Job Applications: A sample showing exactly what you need to build a killer resume that is “applicant-tracking system friendly.”
✔️ Visual Style Resume: An actual resume template you can use as a creative model for your own. Visual resumes work beautifully when reaching out one on one to both hiring managers and decision makers.
✔️ How to Write a Formal Cover Letter: A step by step explanation of what a super effective cover letter needs — with insider tips on making it even more powerful. “My recruiter told me this was the best cover letter she’d ever seen!” Sophie M.
✔️ How To Write Your Bio: A guide to exactly what you need in your Bio and how to organize it for maximum impact. Above all, my marketing tools are SO much more professional and sophisticated now.” Linda K
✔️ How To Write a Recommendation: An actual template where you only have to fill in the blanks to create a topnotch recommendation letter. Perfect to send to your connections to use in their letters supporting you!
✔️ How To Write Up Your References: A tip sheet on how to navigate the reference process with a clear example of how to present your references and what exact information to include, to facilitate the process for recruiters.
✔️ Job Posting Websites: A comprehensive list of company websites you can choose from to target and monitor for job postings. And several useful tips on how to get the most from the list! I never knew there were so many industry-specific job posting sites!”  Jan N.
✔️ Are You Shortlist-able? An eminently practical exercise for determining which jobs to apply for, and maximizing the likelihood of getting the interview and job that you want. “I had no idea how important it is to self-screen for jobs. As a result, I’m now getting call backs!” Noel N.
✔️ Job Search / Business Lead Tracking Sheet: A worksheet for targeting specific companies that will you on a direct course to success! “The job search spreadsheet blew my mind.” Derek B.
✔️ How to Start Your New Job Successfully: A serious look at how to stay sane and relaxed (but kick butt too!) as you start your new job. “I read through your entry strategy document and it’s pure gold.” Jess B.
✔️ Best Times to Post on Social Media:  A cheatsheet that shows you when the very best times are to post on Twitter, Insta, LinkedIn and Facebook, in order to maximize your posts and maintain a steady and effective digital presence. “With these tips and tricks, I understand how to use social media to my best advantage now!” Uly V.

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Career Goals and Wish-List

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WROTE UP A CAREER WISH LIST?

…IN FACT, HAVE YOU EVER??? 

Pro-actively planning and managing your career goals, puts you in the position where you are no longer at the mercy of your industry or the job market. Think about that for a minute… As a result, planning and managing goals will put YOU in charge of your career, instead of your career managing you!

Career Goals

Write up your new career goals/career wish-list every year on your birthday … you owe it to yourself!

IDENTIFYING & MANAGING YOUR CAREER GOALS

How cool would it be if you actually started managing your career with confidence? Wouldn’t it be great to reduce the uncertainty of the gig economy? Even better, what if you spent less days and weeks throwing everything at the wall hoping something sticks, but came in with a clear, targeted message instead?  And had a real plan…that has teeth? It’s all do-able!

As a career coach, I help you identify the career goals that support your professional and personal values and aspirations. The following career planning exercise will help you figure out the career path you want to pursue:

Challenge yourself to make a wish-list of 12 goals you’d like to realize. Each statement should reflect your dream job or wish-list — things you’d really like to do at this particular stage of your professional life. Then, add in some personal goals. Professional development goals. Work/balance goals. Health goals. If money were no object, what would you really like to do?

  • I would like to own a small production house, creating X content for X audience.
  • I would like to be a consultant in communication for municipal governments.
  • I want to produce a YouTube or Podcast series showcasing…(insert passion project!)
  • I would like to coach young professionals and help them build successful careers.
  • I want to build my knowledge of/take a course in X…

NEXT STEPS

When you’re done, send your list along by email and book a complimentary phone / Zoom call with me. I’ll show you how to prioritize each of your goals into short- mid- and long-term themes, and help you identify any professional development you need to get there. Then, we’ll help you build an easy, effective timeline to help you reach those goals!

As a result of identifying your career goals, I can easily guide you to  realize them!

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About M. Michelle Nadon

Michelle Nadon author of CareersAF!

We’ll teach you how to “Shepherd” your career!

About M. Michelle Nadon – Recruiting Specialist & Executive Career Coach

Michelle Nadon is known for her comprehensive knowledge of the media and entertainment industries. Since 2004, she has been the leading provider of recruitment and cutting-edge career coaching resources for the Canadian media and cultural sectors.

mediaINTELLIGENCE (mI) is renown for continuously evolving its career coaching resources and services to meet — and surpass — industry standards. Now in its 19th year, mI has undertaken recruiting assignments with all major Canadian networks. We’ve also worked with dozens of independent production houses and cultural organizations, and delivered proprietary career development training at many Canadian colleges and universities  for nearly 20 years!

Prior to founding mI, Michelle’s portfolio included managing policy and regulatory compliance with Bell Media.  She served as General & Operations Manager in two post-production houses. For five years, she worked in production with TVOntario’s English & French public broadcasting networks.  Earlier in her career, she worked with industry leader Nelvana on award-winning 2D and 3D animated series.

Michelle is fluently bilingual. She holds certificates in Advanced Blogging, Social Media Marketing, The Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program, and Queens’ University’s Executive Marketing Program. Michelle lives north of Toronto with her “Littles”, HEro & maRL, and spends all of her spare time, goodwill and company profits on animal rescue and animal advocacy through C4P Animal Rescue.

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