Setting Career Intentions to Get a Jump on the New Year

10 Tips for Career Intentions

As we are in the final days of the year, how are you coming on your planning for next year? Most people will start their new ‘resolutions’ come January but not finish them; in fact, it is estimated that up to 80% fall off within the first 30 days!

This can be attributed to a lack of proper planning and mindset. The resolution word seems to be a problem in the goal process as the word resolution means you need to resolve something which isn’t very motivating. That’s why a better word is to set intentions, which has action behind it.

Setting intentions for your career will bring you more focus and success. So I thought I’d repost tips from when I was  interviewed for an article in a newspaper several years ago, but think they are still valid today. I hope these may help you to get serious about your career search or for revving up your career:

  1. 1. Set the intention – decide on what it is you want in your career – do you want to find a new job, keep your current job, change industries, move into a leadership role, be a better employee, or is this the year you will start your own business; being clear on what it is you want – and why – will help you structure your time and efforts more effective.
  2. Commit – to the process; what tools and resources do you need that will aid you in effectively managing your career.
  3. Assess – write down your skills, talents, abilities, interests, values, experiences or, in other words, what do you have to offer an employer ; also assess your preferred work environment – where do you your best work and feel happiest; what type of company culture aligns with your values and will support you.
  4. Research – who is hiring for the job you want and then explore the position you want – the pay, the benefits, the responsibilities and skills to see if you have them; look at the organization itself to assess it stability and offerings; what is the state of the industry you are in or want to move into.
  5. Set goals – what is that you want – type of job or position, company, etc.; be specific and exact. No matter how you set them (I’ve given you several in the last few days) it’s important that you do as they are the roadmap for your daily routines and future achievements.
  6. Action steps – define what activities you need to do on a daily or weekly basis that will take you to your goal.
  7. Develop a job search strategy – what types of job search activities will be most effective to use:

Job boards;  Published positions; Unpublished positions;  Networking;  Associations;  Alumni Associations;  Friends/family ; Direct contacts;  Job Fairs;  Recruiters/headhunters;  Chat Sites;  Company Websites;  Social networking – LinkedIn, Facebook, Connections, etc.

  1.  Set up a specific daily activity log – how you will spend time in job- search mode on a daily basis; this will help you to keep focused and productive.
  2. Self-care – activities or interests that will help to keep up the emotional level; take time to de-stress, like taking a walk or listening to music; find some mindfulness practices, such as deep breathing or meditation will help you sleep better, so you are at your best, but also helps you to deal more appropriately when the workday frustrations come.
  3. Support system – find support to help you when you might frustrated or discouraged, such as family, friends, a career coach or a job seekers support group.
  4. This is a new tip I’ve added, which is:

Mindset – set an intention that you will work at your highest each day, that there is always something you can learn in your work tasks; that you will commit to being more helpful – to your boss, your coworkers or customers you serve – and do so with a smile; and that you will stop any negativity about your job, either by you or a coworker, and that you will intend to love your job each day. Gratitude goes a long way to help with developing a positive mindset.

I can’t stress enough the importance of goal-planning for your career; having focus each day will lead to more productivity and managing your time both of which leads to feeling more accomplished, satisfied and engaged. All of which are a recipe for more recognition, advancement opportunities, and career success. Why wait until the new year begins – get a jump on your career goals now!

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Should You Be Working with a Career Coach?

If you have been umployed for longer than 3 months, you need to find a career coach – and fast!  Here are some benefits:

1. they can help you to regain composure when you feel thrust into unemployment and help you to regain your equilibrium

2. they can help you become focused and to set new career goals with action steps

3. they can give you “the scoop” on the job market:  who is hiring, where to leverage your skills and experience, using technology to market yourself

4. they can coach you on job search techniques, such as resumes, interviewing, business etiquette, and salary negotiations

5. they can help you to find your purpose and passion and take that into the workforce

6. they can help you to resolve workplace conflicts or stressors and help you learn more adaptive skills to cope with work life

7. they can help you to learn to manage your personal life and your work life

8. they can help you decide if you want to retire, and then help you exit the workforce on your terms

9. they can help you to leverage your skills and talents into a career path, possibly to get paid for what you know

10. they can help you to understand yourself better so you can manage your emotions and increase your attitude to be a highly engaged, highly motivated, and highly productive employee

A  job search can become tedious and demoralizing, as job searches are done and resumes are sent but there may be no responses.  It can become very depressing and frustrating.  Hiring a coach and spending money may seem like an impossibility, but the money you invest in yourself, and in your job search, can pay off enormously.  Having someone who knows the industry and who is focused on your success can help save you time that could be better spent on the right direction rather than the traditional way of job hunting.  A career coach can help you gain more money and benefits through salary negotion; they can help you to see how valuable you are to an organization.  A coach can help you to see your worth, to take more risks, and to grow your ego-strength, all of which will help you to believe and act on your behalf.  The end result will be a successful job search that will help you effectively manage your career and give you the preparation for the future should you need it.  Of course, these tips do not apply only to those who have lost a job as they serve well to all job seekers.  Shouldn’t you make the investment in yourself?

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