Holiday Activities and Your Job Search/Career Management Plan

Since I’m posting this just two days before Christmas, I’m guessing most of you aren’t really focusing on work-stuff! Consequently, I mostly want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday period. I will be back in touch again next week and joining the rest of you in looking forward to a new year that we hope and pray will be an improvement over 2011, even if not a runaway success.

However, I can’t just put up the above brief blurb and consider that I’ve actually done anything to help you be successful after the holiday, so here’s a thought or two about beefing up or fine-tuning your job search and/or career management plan once the holiday festivities are over:

  • Take a look back at this past year and see what didn’t go the way you had hoped. Could you have done something to influence that in a positive way, and if so, what might it have been?
  • Think about people whose lives you have touched during the year or whose lives have touched yours in a meaningful way. What could you do in the coming year to help those individuals achieve their career success goals or otherwise support their job search or career management actions? Even something as simple as sending them a note about an upcoming event you think they might find useful would be a step in the right direction, and your efforts could come back to bless you in unexpected ways.
  • Position yourself for a better year by setting goals that don’t “bite off more than you can chew.” Stretch yourself a bit, if you like, but don’t set yourself up for a case of “overwhelm.”

I’d like to leave you a couple of inspiring thoughts for the months ahead, from authors I have come to respect and appreciate over the past year or two:

  • Jon Gordon, “The Key to Happiness & Success“: “The key is to be like a kid on Christmas morning – Thankful for the gifts you have received and optimistic and excited about the new gifts that are coming your way.”
  • Simon Sinek, Start with Why: “If we value things that we are not prioritizing or prioritizing things we do not value as much, then perhaps it is time to realign our priorities.”

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