Your Career in the New Year

The start of a new year is a time of reflection for many of us.  It is a time to let go of things that aren’t working for us and move toward things that will improve our lives.  We can use this like a reset button for our lives.

It is a time when many of us look at our careers and our jobs with a critical eye and ask whether we are on the right track.  Could a change in direction make us happier or help us make better progress in our career goals?

Our soul-searching questions might include:

  • What are my long-term career and life goals?
  • Am I making enough progress towards those goals?
  • Can do my best work where I am now?
  • Are there opportunities for growth in my skills, knowledge and income?
  • If I’m not happy in my current situation, can I do something here to make it better?

In recent years I’ve heard from many people who always keep an eye open for the next great opportunity, even when they are happy and engaged in their current jobs.

There are those who take an active approach to their job search and invest time and energy actively searching for a better opportunity.  That better opportunity can mean more money or career growth.  Or it can mean a more flexible schedule, a shorter commute or a more fulfilling company culture.

Whether you are an active job seeker, or just keeping your eyes open, here are some ways to use the HR Network to facilitate your search:

  • Register on the HR Network web site as a “candidate” using your personal email address. That way you will keep your membership even if/when you change jobs.
  • Sign up for the HR Network mailing list and choose either daily or weekly updates so you can see at a glance what new opportunities are open today.

Other things you can do to be ready for upcoming opportunities:

  • Update your LinkedIn profile. Make sure your experience and skills are listed.  And check your job seeking preference settings.  That way recruiters will know whether you are open to talking with them.
  • Refresh your resume to make sure it is ready just in case you need to provide it.
  • Get out and make connections. Try to get out to professional development and networking events.  If you haven’t been to your local SHRM or ATD chapter events for a while… the chapter meetings and special interest groups are a great way to learn something and renew your professional network.  You might meet someone who can help you with the next step in your career.

Now more than ever, there are lots of ways to stay in touch with your profession and career opportunities.

Wishing you opportunity and growth in your career!

Jennifer