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Making Career Resolutions
January 1st, 2007
With the traditional spat of New Year’s resolutions, many look to their career to make some additional resolutions for 2007, according to a national survey.
The top career resolution for the New Year is developing skill sets, followed by earning a raise or promotion, according to the survey conducted by Accountemps.
“The start of the new year is an ideal time to reflect on achievements during the past 12 months and set goals for the future,” advises Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of “Managing Your Career For Dummies.”
For those considering career-related New Year’s resolutions, Messmer offers the following tips:
Set realistic objectives. Allow yourself to stretch goals, but make sure they are attainable. Establish a timeline for accomplishing them.
Develop a specific plan. Break big goals into smaller action items to ensure that you stay on track. If your aim is to receive a promotion, for example, chances are there are several things you will need to do to reach this objective.
Reward yourself. Acknowledging your successes will increase your drive to keep achieving.
Maintain balance. You may be dedicated to your career, but don’t lose sight of personal interests. Recognize when you’re overloaded and prioritize accordingly.