January 2, 2009
This year, resolve to help your career
It's that time of year again when we all resolve to lose 5 pounds, eat more leafy greens and keep a better budget.
If your resolution for 2009 is to find a new job or keep the one you have, consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas offers a few suggestions for specific objectives to meet your goals, even in a difficult economy.
To keep your job
Seek more responsibility. Volunteer for challenging tasks and exhibit a take-charge attitude. By assuming additional responsibilities, you demonstrate how you can increase value for the corporation.
Meet your boss's boss. At the next company event, go out of your way to meet those at least two rungs higher on the corporate ladder. They are the ones who can advance your career.
Join a company committee. Whether it is a committee developing new workplace policies or simply planning the holiday party, joining or volunteering can help you build relationships with other people in your company whom you might otherwise never meet.
Find and/or become a mentor. Mentoring and being mentored provide perspectives and new ideas about career goals and how to achieve them.
Align individual and company goals. Evaluate your company's goals and identify the similarities and differences with your career objectives. Look to bridge the gap in differences by attending meetings and company-offered development courses. This illustrates willingness to be on board with the company's future plans.
Discover ways to save money. Find ways to increase efficiency and performance while decreasing costs. This is especially important in a time when employers are looking for ways to reduce spending.
Become an expert on one facet of your field. It is important to be a generalist, but knowing more than anyone else on a specific issue or topic will help make you the "go-to" person for anyone in the company who has a question on that area. This specialized knowledge makes you extremely valuable and should be covered in your résumé.
To find a job
Join LinkedIn, MySpace, Facebook, etc. More companies are searching the Internet for more information about candidates, so create a professional-looking page that tells them you are exceptional.
Remove/cover tattoos. While body art is becoming more common and more accepted in some offices, many still find it unprofessional.
Get involved with a community service group. This is a great way to build your network as well as hone your professional skills.
Join a professional or trade association. These organizations can provide training and education opportunities and most hold several networking functions every year. The dues are worth their weight in gold if you meet a person at an event who can help you find a new job.
Meet 10 new people in your field but outside of your company. Building these relationships may help you in your current position and they will definitely help when you enter the job market.
Rev up your skills. Build upon your established skill set. Explore online courses and local certificate programs to broaden your industry knowledge, increasing your marketability to a variety of employers.
Stay positive and be patient. Job searches are never easy, but it can be particularly daunting in a down economy. By maintaining a positive attitude and exhibiting patience, you can overcome the emotional barriers that could lengthen your search. Even in tough economic times, job opportunities are out there.
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