Gap Analysis for Career Development (Guest Vlog from Jenny Blake)

by Rich DeMatteo on January 26, 2011 · 9 comments

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Jenny Blake has worked at Google for five years, and is currently a Career Development Program Manager and internal coach. She is the author of the upcoming book, Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want (Running Press, 2011) and blogs at http://LifeAfterCollege.org, where she provides simple, practical tips about life, work, money, happiness and personal growth. Jenny’s goal is to help people focus on the BIG picture of their lives…not just the details. Other fun facts: Jenny is obsessed with cupcakes, coffee and personal development books.  Follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.


Text Summary of Jenny’s Vlog Above
A company performs a gap analysis to determine the difference between it’s current performance and it’s projected or potential performance. You can do the same thing with your career — where are you now versus where you want to be, either in terms of skills or job role?

First, describe your ideal state in terms of industry, job role, and skills/knowledge. Then assess where you currently are. What can you do to fill them gap? In this video, I provide several strategies for brainstorming next steps.

Check out more resources at LifeAfterCollege.org… or pre-order your copy of Life After College at http://LACBook.com.

Here are links to the resources I mentioned:

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7 comments
Judy Anne Cavey
Judy Anne Cavey

Congrats Jenny on your book! Just wanted to let you know there is a new nonprofit which offers a free service to college students called StudentMentor.org, pairing students with mentors. Also, I write an Edublog for job seekers focusing on different topics for people of all ages.

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

Wooohoooo J Blake and COTJ rocking together! Nice vid Jen and thanks for the hosting Rich... Rock on, Shane Mac

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Jenny - So honored to have you here on COTJ! Always impressed with how easy you make creating videos look. Thank you!

Jenny Blake
Jenny Blake

Woo! Thanks so much for "hosting" me :) Always a pleasure to be a COTJ contributor! (P.S. Credit for the awesome art behind me goes to my dad).

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Judy - Thanks so much for the comment. Thanks for showing me the new resources!

Judy Anne Cavey
Judy Anne Cavey

My pleasure Rich! This week I found a new resource for career development of college students and grads which I think is cutting edge. It's YouTern.com, and I've written about it on my Edublog because, I feel it is the best tool available for internships I've seen thus far. If you'd like to find out more... http://workforcedevelopment.edublogs.org/