New Year Career


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Consider Maslow's hierarchy of needs - once requirements for food and shelter are taken care of, you seek intellectual stimulation. On Maslow's pyramid, until you've found inner serenity somewhere near the top of the pyramid, you should ask the question, how is this job helping me advance my career?

An easy way to measure this is to look at your resumé. Update it to reflect where you are today. Then identify what you've accomplished in the past 12 months that made you more effective, more interesting, or more marketable. Do you have 10 years’ experience, or one year's experience repeated 10 times? Select every new skill or accomplishment that you couldn't claim a year ago.

A survey conducted by Gail Kasper, LLC, a leading speaking and coaching company, found that Americans are not taking their futures seriously. Specifically, 51% of those surveyed do not have New Year’s resolutions. Of those who do, 79% don’t have a plan to achieve them.

According to the Department of Labor, over 400,000 unemployed individuals are NOT actively seeking employment because they feel that there are no jobs available for them. With unemployment high, job seekers must stay the course, have a game plan and maximize their opportunities or they will find themselves among the 91% of Americans who won’t be achieving their goals in the New Year.

The survey, completed by a random group of 104 adults, also asked respondents to identify the biggest issue that could prevent them from achieving their New Year’s Resolutions or goals.

The top 3 reasons identified were:
1. Procrastinating 33%
2. Lack of discipline 24%
3. No game plan 19%

Interestingly enough, 10% of individuals felt the biggest issue preventing them from achieving their New Year’s Resolutions or goals was “doing it alone”.

By Dan Collins, Author & Speaker Where people go to grow.

Copyright © by Collins Educational, LLC.


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