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Happy New Year to Your Career!

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This is a commentary on a wonderful article that I read today on 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Career by Alison Green. She writes about setting New Year’s resolutions for your career and suggests a few.

  1. Set clear goals
  2. Stick to your word
  3. Stop playing online
  4. Rewrite your resume
  5. Make a career plan
  6. Stop complaining about your boss or coworkers
  7. Stay positive
  8. Help someone else in their career.

I hope not to offend the author by tweaking these a little for more job search purposes, and adding my perspective as a career counselor as well.

  1. Set clear goals. How many people do I meet that, when asked what kind of job they want, will say, “anything”? I suppose this is a personal pet peeve of mine. If I were to schedule a vacation in Yellowstone Park, I’d better map the way there. Not every road is going to take me where I want to go. If I want to get a job, I had better know how to get there.
  2. Stick to your word. This means to yourself as well. If you say you’re going to do something, then do it. I have found from personal experience that when I say I am going to do something, how I carry that task out affects my own self esteem. This is very important when going through the sanity-denting job search process.
  3. Stop playing online. If you use social media in your job search, be careful not to get distracted. There’s nothing wrong with using it as long as you’re moving toward your goals. But when you suddenly find yourself in the middle of Farmville you know you got sidetracked.
  4. Rewrite your resume. It is important for all workers, whether looking for a job or not, to regularly take a quick check of your resume to make sure it is complete and up to date. Ask yourself—what have I been doing with my time? Have I taken any classes, even online ones? Have I been volunteering my time anyplace? Are these on my resume?
  5. Make a career plan. I love how the author puts this: decide the job you want next, and figure out what that path will look like. Work backward. You’ll know then what you need to do to get there. Be patient—it may take a while, and that’s ok.
  6. Stop complaining—PERIOD! It’s not going to do anyone any good, least of all you. It just puts your mind and your attitude in a bad, non-productive place.
  7. Stay positive. Jobseekers find this difficult at times; it’s the nature of the beast in this economy. The author says that “the key is to survey the situation calmly and rationally and make decisions based on how things truly are rather than how you wish they were.” It reminds me of the prayer, “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
  8. Help someone else in their career job search. You’re learning a lot in your own job search; at the end of the day you will feel a lot better—even if you got nowhere yourself—by helping someone else along their road. Join a job club, be active in your networking and talk to others. Just as you want others to give you a leg up, do so to those looking to you.

About kimberlyjmyers

I am a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.


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