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by Dale Kurow, M.S., Career & Executive Coach
Top Ten Tips for Jumpstarting Your Career in 2004
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Who’s on your list?
was the last time you added a new person to your network? If you can’t
remember, it’s been too long. At a minimum, make a list of your
current network and plan to contact them (via an email, personal note,
call or coffee date) at least twice a year.
your elevator speech for use at networking functions. Your goal is to
have people ask you “tell me more.” Read my article on preparing
an elevator speech by clicking
time to write down your career goals. Do you want to change jobs, make
more money, do work that you love? All of that is possible if you plan,
commit to it and persevere.
Know your value
you know how to price yourself in the marketplace? Salaries vary according
to location, years of experience, etc. Check out Salary.com
or befriend knowledgeable recruiters who have their finger on the pulse
of your market.
5. What’s your story?
3 WES’s (work experience stories) which highlight your accomplishments.
A WES = a challenge when you began the project, the action you took to
solve the problem and the outcome, quantified if possible. An added plus,
work experience stories can be used for cover letters or on an interview.
6. Get Professional
a professional organization and actually go to a meeting!
if you join the membership committee, you will get to know the members
even faster and can find out which companies are hiring.
Whip your resume into shape.
your resume with your latest job, skill level and title. This exercise
will provide you with a fresh list of accomplishments and prepare you
for an interview. Use verbs that zing. Built, drove, piloted, launched.
Stay away from expressions such as: my responsibilities included. Boring!
do people notice first about your appearance after your face and smile?
Accessories. This translates to shoes, handbag and jewelry for woman and
shirt, tie, shoes and briefcase for men. Spend the extra money on those
items, rather than on a Prada suit.
Got the Vision?
out what your boss’s vision is for 2004. How can you contribute
to its success? Write down your ideas, review it with an impartial colleague
and talk to your boss.
Plan (& take!) a vacation
One of the best ways to get new ideas and a renewed sense of direction
in your career is to step away from it. It’s amazing how clear the
perspective becomes when you put distance between you and the 9 to 5.
to network successfully every time? Be prepared for every stage of the
networking process: learn what to do before, during and after you go.
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