“Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Trust what inspires you. From this decision alone will come over a third of your satisfaction or misery in your life.”
–from The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success
The economic climate continues to lag, job opportunities are limited, and job security is a thing of the past. Have you been impacted? Has your career path been altered or your retirement plans changed? If yes, you’re not alone.
We talked previously about personal branding and the need for providing value and being recognized for your contributions. You need to determine what you want to be known for and deliver levels of excellence to promote yourself. This is a good start but more can be done.
Meade Dickerson, Certified Executive Coach provides the following tips to take control of your career:
Understand the health of your company and anticipate and be ready for change.
Create a plan in case you get laid off or your hours cut. (Having a 6 month emergency fund is recommended).
Control your work budget; think in terms that it’s your own money and make spending decisions accordingly.
Join networks! (Even if it’s only through online groups).
Be open to a new career; keep your resume updated and be clear about your strengths and weaknesses.
Engage a career coach; they can help you validate your “wants” and “strengths”.
Our work life impacts our personal life, our relationships and our mental and physical well-being. Strive for a position where you’re a good fit for it, and it’s a good fit for YOU!