Professional Development Plan:
A Strategy for Tomorrow

Suggestions taken from workshops and presentations.

Bad News: Companies are pragmatic when acquiring, retaining, promoting and retiring ‘human’ resources.
In order to be cost effective, competitive and profitable, companies [and company management] seek employees with the ‘right’ skills, performance, flexibility, potential, attitude, demeanor, appearance, etc.
Even someone as iconic as the company founder could become obsolete.
Good news; We can anticipate, adjust and adapt.

Reality Check


It's NOT our parent's job market


There is more competition for new & current jobs


Employers are seeking personnel resources that best benefit the company


Employers will replace personnel resources when better resources are available

The "New World Order"
Workplace automated
Information & data more accessible
Competition;  global & fierce
Effect on business
No money to waste on non-contributing resources
Success requires broad contribution of all individuals
Cannot support any "professional driftwood"
Bad news
''The rate of [resource] churning will intensify as corporate America responds with increasing speed to new product introductions, global competition, and wall street's emphasis on quarterly profits,'' says Jeffrey A. Joerres, chief executive of Manpower Inc
What are employers seeking?
Experience & potential
Skill with technology & with people
The next innovation
Improve weak performance & management
Consider the competition [people who want or might be better at your job]
Expert PC, Internet and technology skills
Grew up communicating and organizing data
Adapts easily to change and uncertainty
Has a well-used tool box of customized electronic tools

How am I different than the  competition?
Is this enough of a difference to get (or keep) my preferred job?  

Knowledge of key business practices
Experience in multifunctional teams
A reputation!

Give management a reason to respect me?

Give coworkers a reason to value me?

Take responsibility for my own professional reputation, education and training

Take advantage of education and training resources available through ISM and other professional associations

Take actions that will enhance my resume

Work on selling your most valuable commodity - yourself.  Read more...

How? Start by developing good answers to these questions: 

  1. What do I know and what can I do that makes me better than the competition?
  2. What differentiates me from all the other experienced candidates?
  3. What makes me the most valuable employee a company could have?
  4. What can I do to demonstrate my value to the organization? 
  5. What can I do to enhance my marketability?
  6. What can I do to remain professionally competitive?

Here are some suggestions: I make a difference because .....

  1. Add functionality
  2. Add value
  3. Anticipate questions, concerns, discussions
  4. Attend meetings with other departments
  5. Be an emissary to community
  6. Be effective
  7. Be part of the team
  8. Be Proactive and anticipate needs
  9. Be professional [Casual dress day doesn't mean grubby]
  10. Become a value engineering contributor
  11. Become the office expert and helper on something useful
  12. Bring new ideas to the table
  13. Contribute to the bottom line
  14. Cost reductions
  15. Cross functional team participant
  16. Don't "punch out" until the job is done
  17. Envoy for company social and community policies
  18. Explain the impact your company has on the local economy
  19. Extra effort
  20. Find current information on the internet, and distribute it
  21. Get the job done
  1. Give peers information and support
  2. Have control of information
  3. Make a difference
  4. Make sure everyone understands how you contribute
  5. Mentor your peers
  6. PC expertise and applications
  7. Proactively seek improvement 
  8. Professional business perspective
  9. Profitability concern
  10. Provide ideas
  11. Publication and layout skill
  12. Publish information within your company
  13. See, and help paint the big picture
  14. Service internal/external customers
  15. Share the burden of positive leadership
  16. Share expertise in software
  17. Streamline administrative processes
  18. Suggest improvements
  19. Take ownership
  20. Take responsibility.
  21. Understand the company "vision"
  22. Understand the regulations that affect your industry
  23. Use the Internet effectively

My Career is.....

A Personal Professional Development Challenge!

I am learning to…

My long-term career goals are…

I will cite the following accomplishment in my next performance discussion...

The following benefits have accrued to the department because of me...

I am more valuable to my company that a well qualified job candidate because...

I am an active participant in this professional association...

My participation adds this value... 

By this time next year, I will be better at:…

What can I do to prepare for the worst?

  • Visit job & career web sites and learn how to look before you need to
  • Look for the qualifications companies are seeking
  • Evaluate and compare your skills to other candidates & on-line resumes
  • Evaluate and hire yourself Here are some ideas
  • Learn to write and submit an electronic resume
  • Practice interviewing with a friend
  • Here is an idea to use our supply chain management skills to requisition a new job
Professionals Develop Their Own 
Professional Development Plan
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