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What a fighter pilot taught me about career development

What a fighter pilot taught me about career development


A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with a fighter pilot. He introduced me to the concept of the OODA loop. I really like this acronym because it’s directly applicable to career development and how to be successful in career transition

OODA stands for Observe. Orient. Decide. Act. The fighter pilot uses it differently, but for the purposes of this post, here’s how you can apply this method to your career development.

Observe. Look at yourself in your career – evaluate the things you enjoy and the things you don’t, the things you most value about the work you do and the things you can do without.

Orient.  Position yourself to the local labour market – first, research companies, industries, tasks; clarify your objectives and your targets before you put together a job search strategy.

Decide. How you will approach potential employers. Devise a strategy to engage potential employers (may include a resume, LinkedIn profile, social media, connecting with your network…)

Act. Demonstrate who you are throughout your job search. Show employers your dedication, commitment and ability to follow up on your application.

Career transition may feel overwhelming when you’re not sure which direction to go.

Use this acronym to simplify the task. It will guide you on what steps to take next.

Related Categories: Career Clarity, Client Questions & Answers, Job Search

About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.

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