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A Fresh Start for Your Career [Dream Job Coaching]

Fulfillment @ Work

   December 20, 2005
   ISSN: 1533-3906

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MESSAGE FROM JOEL

As we near the end of 2005, it's time to set goals and focus on what you most want for the new year that's just around the corner. Don't wait for the first week in January to think about your objectives for 2006. Do something now!

What do you want for the year to come? How will you accomplish those goals? What actions will you take? What resources do you need? It's vitally important that you spend some uninterrupted time focusing on what you most want to be, do, and have in 2006.

You may feel that you're too busy right now, but you truly need to make time for this important activity. Why? Because the momentum you create at this point in time will have a tremendous impact the New Year and, especially, the first quarter of 2006. In fact, the very act of planning out your entire year in advance can help you manifest what you want.

Have a focused week,

Joel


FEATURE ARTICLE

A Fresh Start for Your Career
by Susan Bryant, Monster Contributing Writer

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 you want in your career? Joel Garfinkle, founder of Dream Job Coaching, a consulting firm specializing in personal fulfillment and professional transformation based in Oakland, California, offers these suggestions to make this year your best yet.

Determine Which Aspects of Your Job You Like

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 positive energy, 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 whom you want to be.

Recognize What You Can and Cannot Control

Write down the things that stress you out at work. Circle the ones you have control over, and cross out the ones you don't. Vow to stop spending energy on the crossed-out items; redirect your energy on finding solutions to the problems you can change.

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 That Directly Affect Your Resume

When taking on new projects, try to select those that will most likely 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 or 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.

Article reprinted from http://featuredreports.monster.com/freshstart/yourcareer/#

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love."
~ David McCullough

"When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home.h
~ Betty Bender

"Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money."
~ William Lyon Phelps

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