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How to Stay Focused During the Marathon of Career Change


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There’s a lot of talk about revving up your career in the New Year. While reinvigorating goals in January is an exciting endeavor, problems arise when excitement wanes, and the real work of job search sets in.

So, how you do keep the embers of enthusiasm burning over the long haul of career change? How do you perpetuate that invigorating New Year feeling while methodically and planfully executing your plan?

Following is a list of some building block steps as well as ideas to help you stay focused and energized as you participate in your career change marathon. Click my full article on Glassdoor to read the descriptions on how to implement each action step: 7 Steps to a Better Career in the New Year.

1. Make a Career Change Plan.

2. Schedule Action Steps In Your Calendar.

3. Write Out the Sub-Steps of Each Action.

4. Be Accountable to Someone Other Than Yourself.

5. Start Telling People About Your Goals.

6. Be Prepared to Pivot.

7. Stay Calm.

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Why Career Storytelling Is an Art

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An executive’s story is organic, ever-changing and courageous.

If you are contemplating a job transition, concerned about your current company’s stability or simply want to better prepare for the next opportunity that bubbles up, then writing your own resume or biography may be the best next step.

Or not.

Writing about yourself is like trying to capture your own best reflection with a paintbrush and blank canvas. While applying tips from readily available articles and blog posts on the topic may sound like the solution, think about it. Do you want your executive gravitas illustrated by a do-it-yourself portrait?

Not only is career storytelling an art, but it also requires deep introspection and collaboration before the brush ever swashes over the page. And from there, layers, upon layers of paint shape and mold your image, reflecting back to the reader your most crucial value traits and textured stories in a way that will appeal viscerally to your chosen audience.

Your competitors are honing their stories elegantly, with edge and energy, and in partnership with trained writers who specialize in stories that flow, sell and draw in the reader.

Are you?
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I am one of only 50 master resume writers and have crafted more than 1,500 career stories that drive game-changing results. My bachelor’s degree in writing/journalism allows me to apply a journalist’s eye to your career. Contact me at careertrend.net.

 

 

Job In Jeopardy? 5 Things You Can Do, Now

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If the writing on the proverbial wall indicates your current position is in jeopardy, then sitting still and doing nothing is generally the best way to invite job-loss anxiety into your future.

Examples that threaten job security include:

1. Your company is in divestiture mode and/or may be acquired by another company where someone holds a similar, or the same, role as you do. In this case, your position may be considered redundant, and if you are unable to find another need to fill, you could be the next employee out the exit door.

2. Your industry is on the decline. As in the case of the newspaper industry, where the explosion of the Internet and a completely new definition of ‘free press’ upended an industry, other industries often find themselves outcompeted and displaced by innovation and technology. When this happens, positions are cut. Will yours be next on the chopping block?

3. Your performance is on the decline. If you have done everything you can to ensure a positive performance review and maintain optimum job productivity, yet you’re still unable to meet productivity expectations, you may want to get your career house in order. Whether it’s just not the job fit for you or the corporate culture is hampering your ability to perform as you know you can elsewhere, consider the possibility that your job at this company may be in jeopardy.

So, what are a few things you can do, today, to begin empowering yourself and infusing your career with hope and possibility for the future?

1. Talk to a mentor or friend (or even hire a career strategist) who is not only trustworthy, but who also understands the job market. Begin addressing your feelings and coagulating your thoughts with someone who can help you sort through next steps.

Continue reading here: “Think You Might Lose Your Job? Here Are 5 Things to Do Today.

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Copyright: Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, President, CareerTrend.net

I am one of only 50 master resume writers and have crafted more than 1,500 career stories that drive game-changing results. My bachelor’s degree in writing/journalism allows me to apply a journalist’s eye to your career.

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