|Fulfillment@Work: A NEW YEAR, A NEW CAREER
February 11, 2001
Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Feature Article: A New Year, A New Career by Susan Bryant, Monster.com
2. Quotes of the Week
3. Tip of the Week:Build a Support Network!
4. We Recommend: Self Improvement Online
A New Year, A New Career
by Susan Bryant, Monster.com
A fresh start. A clean slate. A second chance. A new year provides a sense of getting a free "do over," so you can try again and get it right. What do you need to do this year to find the kind of enjoyment or progress that you want in your career?
Joel Garfinkle, founder of Dream Job Coaching, a consulting firm specializing in personal fulfillment and professional transformation, offers these suggestions to make this year your best yet.
DETERMINE WHICH ASPECTS OF YOUR JOB YOU LIKE.
And then find a way to do more of whatever that is. When you are engrossed in a project you like, your workday will be energizing rather than draining. You may also find that the tasks you enjoy are the same ones a coworker or boss dislikes. Find out if you can work out a win-win situation.
LEARN FROM THE BEST AROUND YOU.
Who in your office seems to really enjoy - and excel - at their work? What can you learn from them? People who like coming to work radiate positiveness, and their spirit can be infectious. Let the energy rub off on you.
DETERMINE YOUR CAREER SIGNATURE.
If you had to write down one statement that would encompass who you are (or want to be) professionally and personally, what would it say? Take some time to clarify your unique signature and use this statement as a guiding force in pursuing what you want to do and who you want to be.
RECOGNIZE WHICH ASPECTS OF YOUR WORK YOU CAN AND CANNOT CONTROL.
Write down the things that stress you out at work. Circle the ones that you have control over, and cross out the ones over which you have no control. Vow to stop spending energy on the items you crossed out. Recognize the futility of worrying about events or people you cannot control and redirect your energy on finding solutions to the problems you can impact.
DO THE JOB ABOVE YOUR CURRENT POSITION.
Offer to take on some of the responsibilities in the position just above you. Becoming familiar with that role makes you an obvious choice for future promotion.
ACCOMPLISH PROJECTS AT WORK THAT DIRECTLY AFFECT YOUR RESUME.
When taking on new projects, try to select those that have the best potential to benefit you. Be sure to quantify the results of your work and add these accomplishments to the ongoing resume you should be compiling.
CULTIVATE FRIENDSHIPS AT WORK.
Your coworkers can understand and appreciate what life is like in your office better than anyone else. Take the time to develop friendly relationships with them. You'll benefit personally and professionally from the time you invest in getting to know them.
SEE THE BIG PICTURE AND THE LITTLE PICTURES.
What is the big picture, your overall vision, for your professional life? Now what are the small daily steps, the little pictures, that will get you there? Make a small goal, like joining a professional organization or finding a mentor, something you can accomplish today.
MAKE SURE YOU'RE ON THE RIGHT PATH.
Are you really doing what you want to do? Does what you think you should be doing interfere with what you want to be doing? None of the above suggestions will work if your career isn't aligned with your true interests, personality and natural abilities. If a career assessment is in order for you, make this your first priority in the new year.
For more information on revving up your career, check out Joel Garfinkle's ebook: Love Your Work: Make the Job You Have the One You've Always Dreamed Of! http://www.dreamjobcoach.com/online-store.html
Copyright 2001 TMP Worldwide. All Rights Reserved. This article first appeared on Monster.com.
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Quotes of the week
"When you have seven percent unemployed, you have ninety- three percent working."
~ John F. Kennedy
"Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger."
~ Christian D. Larsen
"Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action."
~ Orison Swett Marden
Tip of the Week:
Build a Support Network!
Having a support network will help work with: less effort or struggle; more efficient progress and movement; constant motivation and encouragement; strength in believing in yourself and your dream. By joining forces with others, your entire process becomes easier. Even one person is a good start.
You want your partners to have strengths where you might have weaknesses. Also, your partners have abilities and resources that you don't. Sometimes, we may want to choose a person, not because of his/her particular strengths or abilities, but out of respect and admiration.
From the Land Your Dream Job Workbook by Joel Garfinkle. Available at http://www.dreamjobcoach.com/online-store.html
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