I spent this past Monday doing nothing, but de-cluttering and organizing my walk-in closet and my home office...I mean I did that from 10:30 am right through to 7 pm...I stopped only to eat, but kept pressing through. What a difference it made in my physical and mental well-being.
Without fully realizing it, when we choose to operate in a chaotic or cluttered environment, it starts to seep into the rest of our lives. I was having a hard time getting motivated, staying focused and maintaining the energy I needed to get things done.
After my de-clutter project, I now look forward to sitting in my office, walking into my closet feels like a breeze and I can almost see "obstacles" moving out of my way.
How about you? What are you still holding onto that is standing in your way? What steps can you take to mentally and emotionally de-clutter? Are last year's excuses still keeping you bound to your current job?
Career change takes efforts, career change takes a shift in mindset, and career change takes time. However, don't put your career success (and happiness) on hold, here are a few small steps to get moving in the right direction.
-- Evaluate your core skills and areas of expertise more than once a year. Make it a practice to peruse new job opportunities outside your company and compare your career background and experience against what other employers in your industry are actively seeking.
-- Take nothing for granted, take thetime to quantify your efforts, impact and contributions. If you cut down the turnaround time for developing a report from seven days to two days, calculate the time savings. There is a big difference between saying "improved monthly report turnaround time" and "increased report turnaround processing time by 70%"
-- Step away from yourself and get an objective opinion from a career professional. When you are theonly person staring at your resume, you can overlook and forget a ton of great information. Remove yourself temporarily from the resume development and career evaluation process and pay close attention to what others are saying about your career background.
-- Don't be so specialized that you cannot adapt to changes. Are you only an expert at internal, customized company tools and software programs? Don't become so specialized at what your company needs that you are no value to other employers. Stay current on technology trends and take evening or online course to improve your proficiency.
-- Be diligent about filling in the expertise gaps. You may discover that your skills are outdated and that you are in jeopardy of being inefficient in your industry or marketplace. Take advantage of every learning opportunity so that even if the dynamics of your existing position changes, you are still a valuable employee to your company and other employers.
So get dusting, get cleaning, and get moving in 2012.
About Abby, Executive Career Architect, Job Search Expert, Master Resume Writer
-- Does your executive resume accurately describe your management style and leadership capabilities?
-- Is your executive resume rich with compelling Challenge-Action-Results success stories that indicate your value contribution?
-- Does your executive resume convey enthusiasm or energy motivating employers to contact you?
-- Has your executive resume been generating a stream of employer responses for the right jobs?
If you have answered no to any of these questions, you should be talking to Abby Locke. She is an executive resume writer helps senior-level executives to achieve career success through cutting-edge, brand-focused career documents and proactive career management strategies.
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