If you were building a house, you would start with a professional: an architect, then a structural engineer, historic building consultants before moving the specialist crafts, interiors, lighting, etc.
Prior to embarking on a project of this scale you would have given serious consideration to location, how the property fits into your budget and what your end goal might be, is this the home that you will live in for 5 years, 20 years etc and how does it work with your life.
The success of all projects is in the initial planning stage. With your job, it is vital that you first take time to consider your strengths, weaknesses, preferences, right down to your circadian rhythms, your financial requirements and a time frame. Take the holistic view. Think clearly about what you want and how you want your career to develop. It is important to consider the areas of your job which you really enjoy, areas you are interested in and would like to pursue so that when it comes to interviews you are mentally in a very strong position to sell yourself.
There are many ways to build a career and find a new job, often new opportunities come up by word of mouth and references from trusted friends and associates. 60% of the candidates we place are recommended to us and we really strive to introduce them to new roles which will challenge and develop their skillsets.
Drawing a spider diagram is a great start, outlining your experience, strengths, weaknesses, character traits, whether you’re a morning person, your hobbies and ambitions etc! It all helps clarify your thoughts on the best next step for you.