What about your resolution to do something about your professional development?
Or, maybe you’ve been thinking it’s time for a well-deserved sabbatical and you’re putting it off because you’re concerned about its impact on your career?
Yes, many people make New Year’s resolutions to improve their career, but then reality sets in. You WANT a job you love. You WANT some time off to simply ‘be’ with your family. You WANT to take some courses or certificate programs to grow your career. But, life gets in the way. You work too many hours. You’re torn between family, work and other commitments. Well, the truth is, you can carve out the time to make your career, and your life, what you want it to be.
For those of you dreaming of a new job. You begin by surfing the job postings online. Occasionally, you find something that looks really good, and it’s really easy to simply use your old tired resume and upload it, hoping for the best. No results? No surprise. The job hunt is hard work and it’s constantly changing. It takes a crisp resume targeted for your desired job, a professional LinkedIn profile that brands you appropriately and grabs recruiters’ attention. And, yes, it takes networking and sharp interview skills to impress and land that job.
Those of you desiring to continue your professional development. Well, YOU own your professional development. Don’t sit around waiting for your boss to recommend you for something. Find out what you need, then what’s available, and go for it. There will never be the perfect time. Now is THE TIME.
And finally, you’ve been working long days for years. Your family is growing and you’re feeling out of touch. Or you always had dreams of traveling while you’re young. Well, do it. Just do it smartly. It’s no longer taboo to leave the workforce for a time. Just do it deliberately, with intention, and plan for your reentry.
Can you do all of this alone? For many, yes. If you need someone to be your Sherpa, to guide and help you along the way; someone who’s seen it all before, find a career development professional to help you plan your next move. Don’t put it off any longer. You know you want it and there will be no better time.
Andrea's passion is to see you achieve your professional dreams. Whether you are a corporate leader seeking leadership development for your employees or an individual seeking guidance in building your career or preparing for retirement, she will coach you to success.