This article comes during a special time of the year, with a unique backstory. My typical practice when creating this blog is to look at the current trends, comb through my in-house data, and deliver the most impactful career advice to the masses. However, this time I decided to take a different approach. Too often, employer’s stereotype the millennial generation and negatively overlook a person’s intangibles, while job seekers underestimate the benefits of the grind. That’s why I decided to allow one of our bright, enthusiastic interns take a stab at the blogging process after spending some time in the trenches. The result? A fantastic piece on the steps to help achieve career happiness. So, a huge shout-out to Theresa Rubi and without further ado, enjoy our article. – Joan

 

It’s that time of year again and Happy Holidays from Career Reform. Snow starts falling, Christmas and New Years are right around the corner, and family are coming together to celebrate. To tens of thousands of Americans, New Year’s offers the chance to start over and to do better. But why is it that most goal setters fall back into the same junk-food eating and fixed mindsets they promise to abandon?

 

Here’s why: It’s because people jump into the deep end head first without testing the waters. In other words, they set lofty, unattainable goals that ultimately lead to disappointment. But to really make that change, you have to start with small, manageable goals and celebrate those tiny wins. It’s not a race to get to the finish line; rather, it’s a lifestyle change, which takes time, patience, and a whole lot of focus. During this holiday season, let’s take a deep breath and realize the hard work we have put in for the year. Here are 5 bite-sized steps to helping you achieve career happiness.

 

  1. Be open to career strategizing and what is it? The first step to arriving at your dream career is to totally change how you view the process altogether. Do you have a strategy? No? Let’s make one because that strategy will lead you to your dream job. It’s also about letting go of fear and empowering yourself to take control of your own destiny. Confidence is the key here. We took a deep breath so appreciate what we have done to increase our inner confidence. So many people let the fear of failure hold them back from achieving their full potential and often blame external forces for their own career mishaps. Any mishap is an opportunity to succeed again. That means every move you make is purposeful and supports your strategy.

 

  1. Learn how to understand and speak “employer.” Not many people realize this but employees and employers actually approach the interview and job search from two different mindsets. And to be successful at your job search or professional development, you must learn how the employer mind works. If you think of yourself as a product/service an employer is looking to invest in, then that makes him (or her) the buyer. Your job is to impress that buyer by selling your skills. And the best way to that is by getting to know your buyer. Here’s a quick tip: all employers make decisions based on one simple thing: Is hiring this person good for my business? They want to know if you would make a good partner and if you can make a serious impact on their organization.

 

 

  1. Meditate on your past, present, and future. When you have strategized, this is the time when you should be asking yourself, “Is my goal realistic?” Are there jobs within my demographic I qualify for? When contemplating any type of career change, it’s always important to take a look at everything you’ve compiled in your professional “toolbox” – all the skills and experiences that make up “YOU.” Research the requirements on job descriptions under your desired role. Make a list; determine what transferable skills you already have and what’s missing. What do you need to get from Point A to Point B?

 

  1. Evolve your strategy and work your strategy. The biggest downfall to failed careers everywhere usually boils down to lack of planning. I mean researching target companies, reaching out to relevant contacts, customizing your resume to the job, and following up. And most importantly, look at how each potential job brings you closer to your final career destination. Job searching in today’s challenging market is no simple task. But by organizing and recording each interaction and setting timelines for the next step, you’ll be prepared when that phone rings, and we guarantee you’ll sound more credible and will more likely land that job.

 

  1. The 3Ps: prepare, practice, and perform. Before you embark on the interview process, make sure you have your 60-second narrative down. It’s also a good idea to consult experts during your job search. So many people think they don’t need any help when it comes to their careers or that it’s a sign of weakness to ask. But every person who has attended my interview seminars has walked away with a completely different outlook on the hiring process. Most secure jobs within weeks of taking it. Never underestimate the power of preparation and practice.

 

It’s a great time to regroup and decide what you want to accomplish this year. If there were one thing that would make you a better employee or a more qualified candidate, what would it be? Then, make a strategy for achieving it. Give yourself or a loved one the gift of professional development and a head start to their career this new year. In addition to gift cards, we will have a 20% Off Special for all Resume Bundle Services all through the holidays. Call us at 716.626.0070 or check out our website at www.careerreform.com.