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Develop a clear and specific Occupational Target
Now that you have your Top Three Career Fields, you need develop language to help you translate these into Occupational Targets. Having one to three clear Occupational Targets helps you better communicate with those in your professional network and with potential employers.Your Occupational Target is a personal statement defining the specifics you wish to attain through work.
Examples of clear and specific Occupational Targets
What Do I Include in an Occupational Target?Deciding what to include in an Occupational Target can be difficult. The following pages specify ten elements you can include in your objective. Remember, the elements you choose should align with your personal situation.
Career Field: Career fields are general areas of work which include many different job titles that require similar kinds of work activities.
Example: Law Enforcement
List 1-3 career fields you are pursuing:
Position Title: Position title, occupational title, or job title is the name of a specific position one holds and may be appropriate for your Occupational Target.
Find sample job titles for this career field by searching for position openings using search engines such as http://www.indeed.com/.
Example: Special AgentFor this exercise, choose one career field to focus on; list 1-3 position titles that relate:
For this exercise, choose one position title to focus on; list 1-3 organizational/industry categories that relate:
Functional Area: Functional area refers to the structure of an organization. Identifying a functional area in an Occupational Target specifies which part of the organization would be of interest to you without narrowing yourself to a specific industry group or organizational category.
Think about what types of office, unit, or departments within a particular Organizational/Industry Category in which you would like to work.
For this exercise, choose one organizational/industry category to focus on; list 1-3 functional areas that relate:
Skills: Skills are special talents, functions, (General Skills) or tasks (Specific Skills) that you have learned to do well.
Find sample required or preferred skills for this career by searching for position openings using search engines such as http://www.indeed.com/ or the Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm and highlighting the skills you possess.
Example: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, strong written communication, judgment and decision-making…
List at least three skills that relate to this position title:
Populations/Interest Area: Populations are the people you work with as you do your work. In an Occupational Target, population usually refers to the clients or customers of your services or products.
Think about where your interests lie or use the Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm under work environment for options.
Example: National Clandestine Service
For this exercise; list 1-3 populations/interest area that relate:
Pulling it all TogetherAfter completing all of the sections that will be useful to you in creating your Occupation Target, simply list them all here and then create your statement.
Career Field: Law Enforcement
Position Title: Special Agent
Organizational Category: Federal Government
Functional Area (setting): CIA
Skills: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, strong written communication, judgment and decision-making…
Populations/Interests: National Clandestine Service
Occupational Target: To be a Special Agent in the CIA National Clandestine Service using my interest in law enforcement and my strong critical thinking, written communication, and judgment and decision-making skills
Career Field: _________________________________________________________________________
Position Title: ________________________________________________________________________
Organizational Category: _____________________________________________________________
Functional Area (setting): _____________________________________________________________
Fill in the blanks below, be sure to have it make sense, or create your own using your own language:
A (position title) in the (functional area) using my interest in (career field) and my (skill), (skill), and (skill) skills to assist (populaito/interest).