Every Professional in Career Management (PCM) will need to build his or her own career resource library. A resource library is an organized system of useful informational data. These resources be made up of books, tapes, magazines, Web sites, people and more. The purpose of creating a resource library is to store away information that you will most likely use again in the future. If organized in the right way, you will have information at your fingertips when you are working with clients.
If you are already a PCM, you know the countless hours you can spend searching for information per client. The average research project per client takes about 3 hours. You might be thinking that 3 hours is not that much time to invest in a client. Think again! If you work with 56 clients annually, that is 168 hours of your time invested in research. From a financial perspective, that a loss of $12, 600 if we use a rate of $75.00 per hour.
When you’re building your career resource library, keep these things in mind:
- Where will information be stored and how will it be organized?
- Is the source material quality information?
- Do I have personal experience with the information?
Many PCMs like to organize their information electronically in folders and others have a spreadsheet packed full of notes. You need to think about what works best for you. To get you started, below is a list of topics that I use to make it easy for my coaches to find information:
- Self-assessment and Interests/Values Inventories
- Career and Occupational Information
- Résumé Samples
- Employment-related letters templates
- Salary Information
- Professional and Trade Associations (per industry)
- Profession-specific Resources
- Financial Planners
It has taken me over 10 years to build up a library of information useful to coaches. As a PCM, you will benefit from all of our work, and you can help us build a better one with new resources that you find. Gaining access to our career library gives you instant ROI from your investment in the PCM training.