Career Development and Career Paths at DGS
Career Development Considerations
- Demonstrate at least satisfactory performance in your current job. Managers and supervisors will rarely promote an employee to a higher level unless there is demonstrated evidence that the employee is currently performing satisfactorily. Exemplary work habits, such as meeting deadlines and working well with others, as well as maintaining a good attendance record, are important in every job.
- Assess your skills, knowledge, likes and dislikes. Knowing your skills and interests allows you to match them with prospective jobs.
- Research information about advancement and potential careers. The information provided here is a good start. Finding out how upward mobility works is essential to your success for both short-term and long-term plans. Talk to people who work in your field of interest and seek guidance from career counselors. Research will also help to determine what jobs are available. This includes researching information such as types of jobs, specifics of a particular job, career ladder paths, occupation-related trends, and organizational or political shifts that might project areas of job demand and longevity.
- Determine your objectives. Combine information from your self-assessment and research to develop a written career plan and resume. Implement your plan, then review the plan and your resume periodically to ensure they are current, and update them as needed.
- Share your plan. Let key people know of your career plan and ask them for ideas. This could include friends, co-workers and supervisors. Remind them periodically of your interest in specific types of employment.
- Network to prepare for advancement. Try to obtain informal interviews with individuals who may have upcoming vacancies. Tell them why you would be an asset and find out how you can prepare to compete successfully for the position. Send them a thank-you letter after the informal interview and keep in regular contact. Be persistent, but do not wear out your welcome. Another "networking" technique is joining a professional organization or community group.
- Keep an eye open for opportunities. This includes job bulletins and other notices announcing job openings and promotional exams. Apply for those that have potential. Announcements can be found in various places. The State Personnel Board (SPB) lists vacancies on their Web based Vacant Positions database (WVPOS). Employees can subscribe to a notification service (eNotify) that provides email announcements of vacancies by specific classification. Examination bulletins are also listed on the SPB website.
- Assess offers to ensure a good match with your plan, and gain knowledge as you advance. As you progress toward your long-term goals, continue to learn from your work experiences.
If you are not successful competing for a position, keep a positive attitude and try again. Not being selected can be very discouraging, so don't let it affect your attitude in future interviews. If you are consistently not selected for similar types of jobs, ask those who made the hiring decision how you can improve yourself for future interviews.
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