The Career Mission Statement

Your career mission statement is the most important paragraph you will ever write. Even though it may only be one to two sentences long, it has specific attainable goals set in time. It will specify your goals, highlight previous successes, emphasize personal values and identify the unique contribution you will bring to your potential employer and society.

Why write a career mission statement?

Writing your mission statement will help to define what's important to you and give you the opportunity to make a decision to stick to those values before you venture in the market place. It will allow you to identify enterprises, businesses or institutions with the same value system as yours. This also enables you, the job hunter, to better evaluate and calculate the costs and advantages of any new job opportunity.

How to write your career mission statement

Now that you know what and why, the last hurdle you need to overcome, to secure that dream job is actually writing your statement. To assist you in writing your career mission statement you can use the step by step writing plan shown in this article.

Remember to take your time and use the opportunity to do some introspection, be honest with yourself and highlight the areas where you would like to better yourself and set a time frame in which to achieve them.

Write down all your best characteristics, gifts and talents. Writing your personal mission statement will require you to delve deep and to be honest with yourself. And to help you better understand the process of writing your statement, we've included some examples of the personal mission statement.

The basic guidelines to follow:

First: of focus on past accomplishments.

Identifying three or four examples of personal accomplishments you achieved in the last 2 to 5 years. These achievements do not necessarily need to be in your career, think of things you have achieved in your personal life, in your home environment, etc. Write them down. Try to recognize what these examples have in common and again make a note of this.

Follow up with your main principles

Compile a list of characteristics or qualities that best describes you and the principles you live by. There is no limit to this list but once you have compiled the list try to order them from strongest or most important to least. Take the top four or six and out of them choose the one most important to you.

One step closer: Contributions.

List where you can get involved to enhance the quality of peoples? lives:

  • humankind
  • family members
  • your current and future places of employment
  • your acquaintances and friends
  • your neighborhood and community

Almost there: Set your goals, objectives and aspirations

Take your time on this and write down the goals and objectives you have set for yourself and also include your priorities. If you've never set goals for yourself now is a good time to think about this and set some attainable one to five year goals. List these as short, medium or long term, personal and general objectives.

Final step: drafting your statement.

Now using the first four steps you should have a new and better understanding of yourself. Using the information you have about yourself, progress to the last important step: your career mission statement.

Example of a well crafted and highly effective career mission statement that can be used as part of your CV: 'My personal mission for my career is to become an expert of the main software design applications and to contribute to web development in the educational field.'