….. as the famous saying from Stephen Covey (almost) goes.
And that’s a pretty good way to approach New Year’s resolutions, I’m thinking, as this same theme has come to mind in a number of different conversations over the past few days:
a) with a college student trying to choose which university to apply to – remember that at the end of your three or four years getting your degree, you’ll be looking for a job, so think about what employers will be looking for in you when they decide to hire you – or not. Plan your vacation time to get as many useful experiences as possible – job-skills, people skills, extra relevant qualifications, whatever – that will show you in a good light and stand you apart from other candidates in the employer’s eyes
b) with a thirty-something manager looking to change job – writing your CV should always be a creative-thinking project: “What does the reader need to know?” is my mantra ….. put yourself in the shoes of the person who will be ploughing through a load of applicants’ CVs and covering letters and only talk about what skills and aptitudes and knowledge you have that applies to the specific job you’re applying for. So that your end-goal is to talk about the solutions you’ll bring to the organisation’s problems. What will you do for them? Answer that, and your CV writes itself!
c) with a middle-aged chap who wants to start up his own business – what is the purpose of going into business for yourself? Is it to make loads of money and retire (in a few years) a millionaire? Or is it to earn enough money to finance the same sort of lifestyle as you have now, but by being your own boss and not working for someone else. Or is it to have a job that keeps you busy, makes some money but doesn’t have to be, by itself, the sole source of income that you rely on to exist.
When you’ve clarified your goal, the journey becomes a lot easier to plan. So this year, as we push out from shore onto the high seas of 2015, resolve to be clear about where you want to be by next New Year’s Eve – what end do you have in mind that you’ll be working towards?
Then you can plot your course and plan your journey’s ports-of-call a lot more effectively.