Kira Vermond: New Year's resolutions
- December 23, 2011 4:18 PM |
- By Kira Vermond
And if it is? You're not the only one. Along with losing weight and getting in shape, ditching an old job for a new one ranks up there as one of the most popular resolutions around.
In fact, last year a survey in the U.S. revealed that a whopping 84 percent of people who work, said they planned to look for new employment elsewhere.
It's no surprise, really. Between wage freezes, slashed bonuses and feeling pressured to do more work with fewer resources, the grass seems greener elsewhere.
So what's the best way to turn a resolution into reality? As I mentioned before, start thinking ahead now - not on January first. That's because experts who study goal-setting tell us New Year's resolutions are more likely to succeed if we start planning them in December.
When things start to slow down next week at work, take a few moments and set some achievable goals. Maybe that's to go to three networking shindigs by the end of February. Or, update your resume by January 15.
That's right. You're breaking your task down into smaller chunks.
So rather than set a big, vague goal like: get a job in 2012, you're slicing it up into specific, concrete actions.
Write them down and give yourself a deadline.
So where do you start? Again, when things are slower, it's a perfect time to update your resume. Or you can build your online presence. Maybe that means updating your Linked In profile. Or maybe it means starting a blog, or making new connections with people in your industry via Twitter. You're looking for ways to uncover hidden job opportunities.
Just don't do any of this at work.
Whatever your job resolutions are, the key is to stay positive. In fact, write that in as one of your goals. Because if you've got the right attitude, you'll be much more likely to land a new job in 2012.
And then next year, you can focus on that weight loss resolution again.
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