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Career Check-up For 2010


Many New Year resolutions will revolve around career.

Here are some questions to answer so you can get a running start into 2010:

What career strategy is right for me for now?

If you are unemployed, do you want to be an employee or entrepreneur? If you have a job and are happy, how can you expand on what you like? If you are unhappy, do you need a change of company, industry, function or all of the above?

What commitments can I make now before I get too busy? Are there professional development workshops I can register for AND schedule into my calendar now? Are there networking groups I can join in time for the holiday mixer AND whose regular meetings I can schedule into my calendar now? Are there colleagues past and present I can schedule lunch with for the first weeks of 2010?

What do I want and need to accomplish 30 days, 90 days, 180 days, 365 days from now?

When interviewing for a job, good candidates ask this question to understand what is expected of them and to have an outline of where to focus in the short-term. If you are a company veteran, look at your role with fresh eyes and plot out your next 30, 90, 180 and 365 days. Be deliberate about where you are spending your time and energy in 2010. Set a calendar reminder for those same time periods to update your resume or block off some time for self-reflection and to reorient your plans if needed.

What do I need outside of my career to be successful?

A strong personal foundation supports professional success.

While you focus on professional development, networking and career strategy, don’t forget to include time for relationships, self-care, fun and relaxation, community involvement – whatever you need to be at your personal and therefore professional best.

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Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career coach, writer, speaker, Gen Y expert and co-founder of SixFigureStart (www.sixfigurestart.com), a career coaching firm comprised of former Fortune 500 recruiters. Formerly in corporate HR and retained search, Caroline most recently headed University Relations for Time Inc and has also recruited for Accenture, Citibank, Disney ABC, and others. Caroline is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Professional Development at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs and posts at CNBC Executive Careers and Vault.com.

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