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New Year, New Career?

New Year, New Career?
 
In the middle of the first month of 2011, nearly 50% of New Years Resolutions will already be off track. If yours are still on target then make sure you don't fall in with the 95% which will fail by January 31st. Perhaps you've not even considered yours since the chaos of returning to work? Now is the time to make sure you take control to ensure you achieve your ambitions for 2011.
 
Whether your resolution is to change jobs, widen your network, gain a promotion or simply develop your skill set, here are some measures you can take to ensure that you have a satisfied smile on your face in 347 days time!
 
Set smaller, intermediate goals
Break down your goal into manageable chunks. This may seem easier for a health related goal such as weight loss, but it is also possible for career-related objectives. If you are looking for a change in career then your targets for the first month could be to research new industries which would suit your skill set for example. The second month could be to make contact with 15 potentially valuable network contacts in that industry.
 
Write it down
Writing down your goals solidifies them. Leaving them floating around in your head is a sure fire way to lose focus and even 'forget' them (perhaps accidentally on purpose!) Make two copies and hide one in a sealed envelope, only to be opened on December 31st. Knowing that you are going to open it and review them on a certain date will make you more likely to want to achieve them, if only for the satisfaction of opening that envelope with a feeling of pride!
 
Talk about it
The next step after writing down your goals is to inform people what you are trying to achieve. Once you have verbalised your goals you will not only be letting yourself down by not succeeding, but all those people who will ask you how you are getting on.
 
Change your identity
Visualise! Consider what you are trying to achieve, and the qualities you will need to achieve it. Start to think about yourself as already being that type of person and you will not only make it easier to attain your goals, but you will slowly start to act in that way. For example, if you want to become an avid, confident networker but you feel more like a wallflower then you are very unlikely to succeed. By walking into a room and believing that you are someone who others will want to speak with and that this is something you do naturally, you are more likely to achieve. It may take some time to get there but over time your outer-identity will match that of your inner.
 
Seek advice
There will always be someone out there who can help you bridge the gaps in your knowledge and advise you on how best to achieve your goal. A resolution to run in a 10k race is daunting for someone who has never before shed their loafers to don a pair of trainers. How much should you do and how often? An expert in this field can help point you in the right direction. When looking for a new career this is no different. You may have been out of the job market for several years and feel out of touch, or perhaps you are looking to enter a new industry of which you have no experience. A career coach can be a fundamental factor when you set about achieving your career resolutions. PCS specialise in assisting individuals who have reached a mid-senior level in their career and are looking for their next move. Whatever you are trying to achieve, you can guarantee that they have already assisted thousands of people in a similar situation.

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