A new year has begun, 2017 at that, and we are already hurry-scurrying through the first weeks.
For some, this is a time of reflection on the year just past and on the things we’d have done differently had we the opportunity for a ‘do-over’. For others the new year is simply that time when we shift into overdrive to gain a step or two on our competition, business competition or personal competition.
A bit of each of those approaches is often ‘just what the doctor ordered’. We certainly can be helped by a bit of retrospection, not to dwell on the past, but to gain from those experiences. We ought to take the time to gain from all our experiences, from those that made us feel great and from those that had the reverse effect. Both are important parts of who we are.
This is a great time in which to look around at the new world of 2017.
If we’ve had a plan for our careers, where are we in that process? Are we where we wanted to be or have we surpassed our goals? What is it that we want to be able to say we accomplished come this time next new year?
If we have had no plan for our careers, might it be time to create such a plan? We are not technically in the personal consulting business, but we do a lot of that as we work to help people understand what we see as their strong suits and where and how they might make themselves more attractive to a new employer. We have a very good feel for the marketplace and that may be something we can help you bring to your personal conversation.
If we reflect on the past year, as most of us do in one way or another, we probably find that we had anticipated some of what happened but were blindsided by other aspects. That reflection might include personal situations, workplace situations, whether or not to add more education credentials, and where the future seems to be pointing for those with our present skill sets.
Once we’ve had that personal ‘sit down’ with self, there is that whole thing of just what we decide we’re going to do to improve or change the situation.
If we are in an industry that is being chipped away at by new technology, we may be at the turning point personally. If we have just accomplished adding another notch to the experience we have, this may be the year that we try out the new credentials.
Maybe we’ve had a life-changing experience. If that is true for you, this might be a good time to re-think where you are and where you are going in the new year if you stay on the current pathway. Part of the job we try to do is to help our candidates be as honest with self as is possible. That is sometimes a bit awkward, but it is sometimes the wake-up call that is necessary to get a person back on the track best-suited to their experience and current situation.
Feel free to give us a call or stop to see us if you’re in the area. We benefit by being of assistance to you and unless we get together, we’re both going to miss that opportunity. Best wishes for a personal best in 2017!
Fred D’Amato, President