Job Seeking Resolutions for 2015
It’s that time of the year. Time to review the past 365 days and time to look forward to the next. Here are some thoughts for making and sticking to your Career Search related resolutions for 2015:
1. Prioritize Your Goals: It is much easier to get somewhere when you have a path or plan. Take the time to put your goals and aspirations down in black and white. You don’t have to go as far as a vision board, but you will benefit from putting your thoughts to paper.
2. Be SMART: A great way to achieve some of these recently written goals is to be SMART about them. Make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based.
3. Invest in Professional Development: Not a dues-paying member of Democratic GAIN yet? There’s no time like the present for you to renew, upgrade or join! Just follow the steps here and you’ll be on your way to GAINing full access to our member benefits.
4. Communicate: Communication is key. Make sure to clearly articulate your needs, as well as what you understand your tasks and responsibilities to be. If you have a question or are unsure – ask! You will save yourself and others time and energy by communicating clearly.
5. Refresh Your Knowledge: Attend a training or two to enhance and hone your skills. Be sure to visit GAIN’s Event Calendar for upcoming training opportunities.
6. Network: Work your network! You have so many resources in the contacts you have made personally and professionally. Use them to learn more about current opportunities and to meet people who can help you make more connections. Take advantage of GAIN’s Career Counseling as a great way to expand your network.
7. Think Outside the Box, or Organization: While it is great if there is a clear path for professional advancement at the organization where you are currently working, sometimes it helps to look outside the organization. It can also help to look outside the industry. Be sure to visit our Skills Match sheet with information about how to take the skills and experience you have and apply them to other positions. And be sure to check out GAIN’s Job Board for current listings.
8. Help Others: Odds are someone was there to help you when you began your career. If you are in a position to help others (and you probably are), you should. It can be as little as taking a coffee meeting with a friend’s nephew who is looking to get started or as big as volunteering or joining the board of an organization. And it is a great way to expand your network, and your karma.
9. Negotiate a Raise: Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a raise or for your salary from the start. Need some help, advice, or someone to practice or role play? GAIN’s Career Counseling is a great resource!
10. Eat the Frog: This is a great piece of advice and it comes from the brilliant Mark Twain. Do the harder or more unpleasant items on your daily to do list first. You will feel a sense of accomplishment early in the day and you’ll be on your way to having a productive day and year!