With 2013 over and a distant memory, its time to make 2014 a year of positive change and to toss out the baggage from last year as you make plans of action. You can’t change the past; you can only learn from it and make changes in your life that will translate into better results.
The bottom-line for all, whether you are employed, underemployed or unemployed is you need to keep growing, learning and networking to stay competitive and marketable in this highly competitive world we live in. With the work force deeply entrenched as an international community, you need to keep evolving to survive.
Here are some tips to start the year off right:
- Identify a couple of goals you want to achieve this year and make plans to follow through. Whether it be getting additional education or creating a new network of people make sure you take the steps needed to accomplish your goals; stay focused.
- Step back and identify what you want from your career. Most of us don’t even look at what we really want to do or areas of work within our given industry that may be more fulfilling than what we are currently doing. Now is the time to do some soul searching as to what you really want from your job.
- Create your own story. You are not a walking résumé. You need to create your own story of who you are and what you offer. It is your calling card in the work place and life. You need to know what makes you special and be able to communicate this to others. Everyone has value, but you need to be able to articulate your story.
- Spend less time on social media and more “meet-time.” The bottom-line is that we all spend way too much time taking pictures of ourselves to post on Facebook for mostly people we don’t know. If we spent half as much time targeting people who we should meet to network with, we would all be more successful.
- Evaluate your brand on social media. With most people and many employers using social media to “check us out”, we need to make sure we are sending the right message as to how we are conveying our brand to others.
The job market is improving and new jobs are being created. Our economy is in a much better place than it was a few years ago. Yet, good jobs remain competitive which I believe is the future of our lives, so you need to be smart in your use of time, stay networked with people who have mutual benefits and keep developing your skill set.
Happy 2014! May you prosper and grow.