Monday, February 1, 2010

This month, Don’t hold back!

By Alicia Pozsony
If you followed my January advice, by now you should be feeling fresh, alert and on track. You should have made yourself once again acquainted with more people through your holiday greetings, feeling good about your timetable and goals and feeling stronger than ever in the self-worth department. If so, good for you! If not, it’s not the end of the world. No time like the present.

This month, I challenge you to stand up and speak up!
  • Start talking on Blogs popular within your profession; start your own blog if you have not yet done it.
  • Use Twitter actively to make the most of your connections online.
  • Go the extra mile to assert yourself.
  • Start conversations on Linkedin.
  • Start conversations in the office supply store.
  • Comment people positively at happy hour.
  • Exchange business cards.
Get out there! Your efforts must be as far reaching as possible so Don’t hold back!

When I am on a path with an ending in mind, I start with zero, so I can accurately measure my standing at any given point. Recalculate every week with your goal toward the finish line. If after three weeks, you are no further than the week before, change your strategy. Try a different person or group of people to use as your mentor. Don’t be afraid to take a step back and be open to change. None of us are perfect, so don’t be afraid to change your course of action. Don’t hold back!

The economy is proving slight improvement so far this year from where I stand; more contract opportunities in more skill sets are rearing their heads, a first quarter for profit and sales growth is returning according to marketwatch.com. Things are slowly, yes, painfully slowly starting to get better. US Census is recruiting for more temporary jobs according to nwitimes.com. You can Google or bing ‘more jobs in 2010’ to see where the experts think the increase in jobs will be in your sector. Keep that in mind and Don’t hold back!

Remember to use Professional groups to network, make professional contacts in person and through email, share goals, help others in finding their next job.

Don’t hold back!

Good things will follow!