'Tis the season for holiday parties galore. We are now at that blessed time of year where anyone and everyone has an office holiday party or two to attend. These events range from low-key potlucks to catered five star soirees with food, drinks, music and more. With the holiday spirit in the minds and hearts of many, I couldn't let the season progress without several tips and tricks for tastefully surviving the holiday season.
Well, to start off this week, I would just like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving in advance! I have to admit, I was going to go the easy and generic way with this blog, and tell everyone to list what they are thankful for. However, you can do that on Thursday. Today we are going to focus on Career Development and Planning. While there a books, surveys, videos, and an abundance of additional tools to help you career development planning can happen in five simple steps.
FIVE STEPS FOR CAREER PLANNING
- First, Have A Starting Point: Your starting point is where you are now. Think about your educational and professional abilities, your work experience, interests and hobbies.
- Know Your Ultimate Goal: Where do you see yourself in one year, five years, 10 years? What is your career goal?
- Steps Involved In Getting There: Think about how much time and money you are prepared to invest. Do you have sufficient resources to support your search or are your resources limited? Are you prepared to make changes and sacrifices if you have to?
- Write It Down: By writing down your goals and objectives will remind you of the necessary things needed to fulfill your goals.
- Go For It, Just Do It! There is no substitute or magic formula for doing, You just have to…Do It!
Never stop working on your career development plan and making it work for you. When the successes of today start to add up, they will confirm that you were right all along, and you will be motivated to see it through until the end.
Nothing strikes fear into the heart of many like the phrase "I'll Do it Later"! For many of us later never comes. Our local boogey man, Procrastination, has reared its ugly head. Countless hours have been stolen from us all in both our personal and professional lives. However, if we really sit back and think about it, the hours weren't really stolen; they were freely given.
Well, it’s November! For much of the country the temperature is dropping along with the number of applicants in the job pool. While there is still a large number of unemployed people looking for jobs, a large part of the population seem to take a break during the holiday season. It seems like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year put many job applicants in the holiday spirit, and not the job-hunting spirit. But it is important to note, companies are still hiring, and are NOT in a hiring freeze! And companies are not just looking to hire for seasonal temp work and contract jobs, but full-time positions. Certain key roles need to be filled, regardless of what time of the year it is. Additionally, many hiring managers are trying to fill roles before the end of the year, to ensure they have a full team before January brings in any potential budget cuts or headcount changes.
So if you are still in the job market keep putting in those applications, networking, and reaching out to those hiring managers. While you may not land a position today, your application will already be on file after the holiday rush and everyone gets back to job-hunting. However, it is important to know that unless a company is hiring for a key skill or higher-level position, getting relocation will be tough. Most relocation budgets will be near-empty towards the end of the year. So, if you happen to get a job offer without relocation, be sure to ask for a sign on bonus or a lump sum to help with moving costs (but don’t forget to make sure its tax-assisted!).
So keep applying and don’t fall for the hiring freeze myth! What better way to bring in the holiday season than a new career or job you’ve always wanted?
**Disclaimer: If you have to choose between reading the blog or watching the video, choose the video!**
Hi, my name is Ashley, and I’m addicted to failure! While I’m sure many of you are perplexed by this statement, this should be everyone’s manta. The majority of people never start to pursue their dreams as the mountain of success seems too high to climb and the road to success much too long to travel. We often find excuses and blame others for our current circumstance. However, the main reason many of us never take action is because of the fear of failure.
And most of us fail not because of our lack of ability, talent or resources, but because we never even take the first step. When you take action you always get a result, whether it is good or bad. When we don’t achieve the exact desired outcome after the first or second try we tend to tell ourselves to avoid it entirely. By society’s standards, all the great successes in the world were actually “failures” in that they failed many times before they succeeded.
The truth of the matter is, failure is a requirement of success. The sooner you get used to it, the easier it becomes. Now, I don’t want to oversimplify this concept, because failure is not fun, but it is only temporary. I didn’t become a Career Therapist overnight because I had an awesome resume and I aced everyone interview! It took multiple rejections from companies, hundreds of eyes scanning resumes, thousands of hours reading career readiness books and leadership development articles, and much more. I daresay I was rejected way more than succeeded, but every failure helped me hone my skills to become the person I am today.
So take the first step today, and if you need help feel free to give me a call at (855) 968-GREAT, and we can take the first step together!
Nothing strikes fear into the heart of many like the phrase “I’ll Do it Later”! For many of us later never comes. Our local boogey man, Procrastination, has reared its ugly head. Countless hours have been stolen from us all in both our personal and professional lives. However, if we really sit back and think about it, the hours weren’t really stolen; they were freely given. You see, we could of went ahead and scheduled that feedback session with our boss so we could create an action plan. for our next career move Yet, somehow email archiving seemed to be such a better utilization of our time. Additionally, have you ever looked at the clock and said, I’ll just go into Facebook for a mental break, and three hours later you find yourself still liking pictures, and messaging with your friends?
If you said yes, it’s okay because I’m guilty of this too! However, the first step in fixing the problem is stating we have a problem. We have to get real. We are all adults and we have to take responsibility for our actions. While it may not always be fun, it is very necessary to suffer through the hard stuff early, so we can enjoy the reward later. When someone else is promoted before you, I’m sure you’ll be remembering and wishing for all that time you freely gave away. So if you are like me, and often say…”I’ll just do it later” remember that same mentality will come back to haunt you when it’s time for a raise or promotion. Besides, what’s the problem with doing it right now anyway? Usually, there isn’t a problem, we are just being LAZY.
Don’t let procrastination or laziness get in the way of your dreams! Do it now and do it right!