Career

 

Every January, millions of people lay out goals and resolutions for the new year. But by February or March, they’ve almost always forgotten them. Resolutions to lose 10 pounds or call your parents more often are good ones, but I wonder if they are so easily breakable because of how rooted they are in routine. If you are unhappy with your day-to-day routine, sometimes you need to make a much bigger change to shake things up.

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If the New Year (or recent election) has got you thinking about overhauling your career – whether it’s a sideways move to a different sector, a push for a higher-level position at a new company, or a complete professional U-turn – you’ll be needing a strategy.

As I regularly tell my clients and the audiences at my speaking events, dream jobs don’t just land in your lap. It’s all very well sitting at your desk daydreaming about a new start in a perfect role, but if you want to actually make it happen, press pause on the wishful thinking and start planning to make those wishes come true.

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A week before our tumultuous Presidential election, I sat down for breakfast in a packed ballroom at the BSR 2016 BE BOLD conference in New York City. And though I don’t normally eat my breakfast surrounded by hundreds of other people, it was clear that I was surrounded by like-minded souls. Addressing a room filled by individuals focused on exploring new ways to use business and leadership to create a more sustainable world.  Lindsay Levin, founder of Leaders Quest, left the audience with a piece of advice that clearly resonated with everyone the room, “If we want to be transformational,” she said, “we have to ready to transform ourselves.  This is something that is at the core of the important work I do with change leaders, and influenced much of our thinking throughout the rest of the conference.

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Life seems busier these days, doesn’t it? I call it the Q4 crunch: Organizations the world over are pouring over annual targets and firming up their budgets and strategies for the following 12 months, while for me and my job-seeker clients and readers, it’s a time to take stock and think about the position we’d like to be in when the leaves start to fall in 2017.

I’ve never been the sort of person to wait until New Year to reflect on the changes I want to adopt in my professional life, and this seems like as good a time as any to cast off the old and prepare for the new. So with that in mind, here are my top 10 good habits to build your career every day and help you achieve your career goals.

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Johnson & Johnson is seeking a Worldwide Specialist, Corporate Governance to be based in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The position will manage the measurement and reporting of Johnson & Johnson in key areas of Corporate Governance, including environment, social and governance (“ESG”) initiatives and activities, as well as serve as a key member of the Corporate Governance team.

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As this great article on Forbes points out, ‘your actions + what others say about you = your reputation’. It’s a formula that I tell all my jobseeker clients to write on a brightly colored sticky note and pin to their desktop. Why? Because your reputation is your currency and it has a major impact on your employability – especially in the social media era.

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The Ford Foundation’s Inclusive Economies thematic area seeks a thoughtful, curious and engaged Program Officer to help shape and drive the foundation’s social justice work to be based in New York. The Program Officer will assess opportunities in the US and globally, identify key ecosystems interventions and work with various actors to analyze challenges and opportunities, identify levers of change, and play a leading role in shaping specific grant activities.

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