Going For A Career You Love

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Going For A Career You LoveAs the New Year progresses, I want you to think about your career goals for 2014 and what would provide you the greatest fulfillment. As you think about it, please keep in mind these four things:

  1. You deserve to be happy in your work.
  2. You have the power to make that scenario a reality.
  3. You don’t have to let your career happen by default.
  4. You can always change your mind, switch gears and start something new.

Start your 2014 career assessment by first giving yourself permission to thrive in your career.  Sit with that idea. Let the concept sink in. Ignore any pushback from the inner critic, and then take action.

Here are some tips that can help get you started:

Take Inventory. It’s important to know what you truly want before you can set out to get it. Take some quiet time to reflect upon what you value, what interests you, how your personality plays a role in your career, and inventory your competencies and strengths. You owe it to yourself to consider what makes you tick and what motivates you.

Write it Down. Research shows that we are more likely to act on our goals if we write them down. Carry a journal or use the notes feature on your smart phone since inspiration can strike when you least expect it. Write down your vision and consider adding images or photos that further illustrate your goals.

Say it Out Loud. It takes courage to speak your hopes, dreams, and goals out loud. Start by sharing these ideas with your circle of trust. By saying it out loud your goals become real and those you trust can begin to support you on your career journey.

Start Networking. Once you have clarity about what you want, you need to be your own best advocate. Share what you do well with others and let them know what kinds of opportunities appeal to you. Try not to focus on job titles but think about skill sets and experiences that distinguish you.   In addition to your resume, have business cards made, then get out from behind your computer, and meet as many people as possible.  A whopping 80% of jobs are never even posted, so landing a job can often come down to the contacts you’ve made.

Ask for help. Assemble your own personal Board of Directors for support, accountability, and career wisdom and expertise. If you empower others to help you they will.  Good career karma goes a long way, so consider how you can help others as you seek their counsel.

With over a decade of career and professional development coaching experience, Caroline Dowd-Higgins has a desire to empower and energize people to achieve their personal goals.  Her training style is engaging, high energy, and positive with a focus on unlocking the self-advocate within each of us.  Read more from Caroline at carolinedowdhiggins.com.

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