Archive for February, 2014

Your 2014 Goals – continuing to explore

February 14, 2014

Attainable?  Varied?  Can these traits coexist in pursuit of a goal?

I think so.  Is it within your grasp, meaning is it attainable?  I hope so, or it would be a silly goal.  Maybe you need to improve your skills or sharpen your focus, but you can achieve it, right?  Because that is how you know you want it…

Varied is easier to describe.  I’ve heard clients say that the routine of the job is the worst thing about it.  It’s killing them, slowly and tediously.  Yawn.

I know there are those for whom routine is a comfortable and secure routine, kind of like the things that happen between sunrise and sunset.

But that’s not everyone.  Some of us crave newness, adventure, surprises, and to put it simply, variety.  I think you should have it.  This may mean a new job, a new turn in your career path, or (at least) a frank talk with your boss.

Make it happen in 2014.  Attain it, keep it fresh and new.  And tell me about it.

Resolution Update #3 – what about your goals?

February 13, 2014

If goals are fun, why wouldn’t you want to pursue them?  I like fun, although yes, it does take a bit of energy.  I’m vowing to say yes to things I might ordinarily be inclined to sleep through.  But fun beckons, or at least the possibility of fun.  So yes, I’d love to go to the theater with a friend, or meet a relative for dinner even when it requires a bit of effort.  It just might be rewarding.

What is fun for you that might lead you into a more rewarding career path?  Have you pursued that kind of fun so far this year?

Did you know that some kinds of fun can make your resume more interesting?  I’m talking about volunteer activities, community involvement, or a special niche activity in your current job.

There’s quite a fine little ebook available on polishing up your resume that (I happen to know) addresses taking the threads of your very interesting life and weaving them into a unique document that can help you stand apart from the crowd.  I know, because I wrote it.  Check out Reflections on Resumes at your nearest online bookstore.

Have fun this year, let it show on your resume, and let other readers know what is working for you.

Resolution update: Are you giving?

February 6, 2014

At the end of 2013, I proposed that all successful job seekers and changers should be more intentional about giving.  This includes three kinds of generosity:

Information, Support, Recognition

During the new year, now 1/12 gone, have you shared information you’ve come across, such as a new website?

I noticed today on LinkedIn that the esteemed Richard Bolles has shared an online service that might be of use to all of us.  He has directed us to www.checkster.com, to engage in a bit of feedback and analysis.  Thank you, Dr. Bolles.  I just might try it as well as recommend it to others. I think it is possible that receiving feedback from the people in our lives can be perceived as information, support (don’t we all hope!) and recognition of what we are doing right.

Why not try this free service?  I hope you will be so encouraged that you will pass this on to others who could use a bit of feedback.

 

 

Resolution Update: How are you doing?

February 3, 2014

We’re a month into 2014.  And at the end of last year, I proposed three resolutions for you job hunters out there.  Time to ask:

How are you doing on the first one?

Keep in Touch.

So, what does your calendar show?  Any lunch dates?  Coffee?  Walks around the lake?

How about emails or phone calls to set up a get-together?  Scheduling is often not easy, but it is a priority for successful people.

Please take this reminder as a nudge to get going.  Keep active, keep connecting, keep in touch.  Your next job is worth it.