An analysis of your skills and a plan to bridge any skills gaps.
A network of professionals who you can work with and use for advice when necessary.
Mantle also recommends finding a mentor. "Finding a mentor can accelerate your own job satisfaction and career searches. They provide a sounding board for your career with no agenda but your success," says Mantle.
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For individuals, a new career mapping tool from Monster.com can help. It was still in beta at the time this article was written, but it can provide you with a basic framework.
Final Thoughts for Managers
Successful career mapping is not easy to achieve and living up to the expectations you've set can be difficult. "It takes effort; you've got to have the wherewithal to stand up to the criteria you've set. If someone fulfills it, you are going to promote them and pay them more," says Mantle. The payoff is a happier, more manageable, easier-to-retain workforce. It provides a win-win scenario for both employers and employees.