As we approach the end of 2012, it’s common to look ahead to the coming year to consider where your career will take you. Of course your goals will depend on where you are at the moment. You may be out of work, in which case finding any job might be your initial goal.
You may want to find more hours to move up from the part time job you have at the moment. Alternatively you may want to change careers as you find your current one unfulfilling.
Whatever your own personal situation may be, the best course of action is always the same – to have a plan that takes you into 2013 and beyond. Unfortunately this is where many people trip themselves up. Without a plan it can be very difficult to get to where you want to be. Instead you can end up drifting with no particular direction to go in. So during all the festivities this year, find some time to consider your position in 2013.
What would you like to achieve with your career in the year ahead?
Have that goal firmly in your mind as you begin the New Year; only then will you be able to focus on what you want to do and move towards it with more determination.
For example, if your goal is to find a job of some kind – something to bring money into the household – consider your skills and abilities. Which job areas are you most likely to find employment in?
Start thinking of all the ways you can find jobs and the various ways you can make yourself more appealing than other potential applicants. Spend some time overhauling your CV and tailor it to every individual job you apply for.
Will you look online for jobs each day? Will you sign up to job sites, buy newspapers that feature jobs and look round your local area to find them? Having a plan is half the battle. A haphazard, half-hearted attempt to find work will make it much harder to find the job you need.
Employers will sense that attitude when you apply or go for jobs, so do everything you can to focus on success during 2013. If you read stories of people who have continually applied for jobs with no success, you will generally notice a defeatist or low attitude. And yet those who do everything they can to find work often have a positive attitude – one that says they will never give up until they find the work they want.
It’s hardly surprising they do eventually get the job they are looking for, since their ‘can do’ attitude is noticed by employers. This might sound harsh, but if you are looking for a new direction or career in 2013, think it over. You might find a positive attitude can take you further than you ever dreamed of.