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New Year, New Career

December 30, 2013 · 0 Comments

times-squareA new year is a great opportunity to reevaluate your career goals and decide if 2014 is the year that you’ll (finally) focus on finding a new job or career.

Who can resist resolutions for the new year? It’s a fresh slate, a brand new calendar. A chance to start over. An incentive to really get started on something you have been putting off for too long.

Is this your year to land a new job or to become the entrepreneur you’ve always known you could be?  Do any of these bullet points sound familiar?

  • You dread going to work. Thinking about your job gives you a twitch, or that familiar stress feeling in your neck.
  • You aren’t being paid what you are worth.  You need to make more money to support your lifestyle or family.
  • You have always dreamed (or at least thought about) a career in a different industry or setting.
  • Your work consumes you.  You are working so many hours that you don’t have time for anything else in your life, and you want more.
  • Your job is  having a negative impact on your health.

If any of these describe your situation, now is the time to plan for a move.

Keep a few key topics in mind as you resolve to make a change:

Change. Focusing on a need for change is the most important step you must take if a new job, career or business will be in your future. Write down your goals and carry them with you. Recognize that change does not happen without effort. Decide if you are ready and willing to take that next step.

Experience. Clearly, experience comes into play when looking for a job. However, more often than not, it is more important how you communicate your experience. Can you effectively explain what you have to offer? If not, work on your pitch. If you can’t explain what you can contribute, it will be very difficult for you to network effectively,to write a great resume and to interview to get the job.

I hope that narrowing down your resolutions to:

  1. Choosing change and
  2. Understanding and communicating your own experience

will help you make 2014 the year that you make your career goals come true!

I want to wish everyone a happy and successful new year! All the best for 2014!

photo by atomische

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