Anxious to Stay/Able to Leave - for 2018
It is a relatively quiet week . . . . . so it is time to catch up on last year’s reading (the pile I kept) and plan for the year to come. I was reading HR Magazine and a quote caught my eye:
- “Job security is a myth. Set up Me Inc. – a company you will be with forever.”
- Martin Yate – Career Coach, Best-Selling Author and SHRM.org Columnist
When I worked in the outplacement profession, I always told people to continually invest in their careers. It seemed that networking and professional development were always put on the back-burner. Who had time? The people I worked with, however, were in transition and suddenly had to catch up – reconnecting with their network and their profession.
Career Advice from the Best!
- From Forbes: Mornings matter. The information from Forbes talks about multiple successful people who start their day early and have a routine for their mornings. Success for these morning people is not an accident.
- New Year’s Resolution: NOTE – I did not say resolutions (plural)! Most people make them and quickly break them. Experts say it takes 21 days to make (or break) a habit. What can you do in 21 days? Connect with people, read a professional journal and/or attend a professional association meeting. One simple activity per day (leaving a voicemail for a network connection counts) . . . . 21 days to this behavior being a habit.
- Success is About People, Not Plans (Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Founder): All of our work is done with people. Why, when we are busy, do we stay at our desks and eat alone? We need to consistently connect with people – with a purpose if needed. That purpose can be ideas on how to meet a short-term deadline OR on building connections for the future. Either way, get out there.
- Figure Out What To Do With Your Life (from The New York Times): I remember encountering a book called, Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow in the 1980’s. I don’t remember much of the book, but the advice seems to resonate with people today. Going to a place of work where your skills are used and you feel a sense of accomplishment will lead to your best performance.
Google some of these organizations – or simply Google career advice for 2018. You will find great ideas.
Let me wish you only the best for 2018 – a year of career success – in your current role or in a role yet to be identified.