In the past eight months, the economy has gone from tailspin status to showing signs of recovery. The panic that has affected the corporate America, the workplace, and your own otherwise promising career progression has been swift and severe, with recent jobless claims still the highest since 1983. But the good news for you is that the prospect of better times ahead can be the impetus for a new approach to managing your career and a fresh personal development initiative: increasing what I call your "career currency."
Each of us brings a unique skill set and intrinsic value to the job marketplace. How we reaffirm our professional worth to ourselves and broadcast it externally (to colleagues, employers, and even customers) can increase our career currency and contribute heavily to our success.
Your career currency changes every hour, much like the stock market. A brilliant idea, a masterful meeting, the savvy handling of a difficult matter with a subordinate, peer, or manager, your assertiveness—all affect the index. A rewarding day of job hunting, interviews, or bringing a major project closer to fruition all move your index higher.
How you interpret career currency is highly personal. To some it may mean catapulting to senior management with lightning speed and impressive compensation, while to others it might mean gaining marketable leadership skills or even pursuing an entrepreneurial dream. Regardless of your interpretation, your value can be enhanced with a new, positive mindset. As you retool your career for a future recovery, you can capitalize on your strengths and get beyond fear of the unknown.
Deep-seated mistrust and anxiety are certainly rampant in the workplace. A national independent survey Lynn Taylor Consulting released in March revealed that workers spend nearly three hours a day worrying about their job fate. And 76% of employees have thoughts of being laid off when suddenly encountering something as benign as a boss's closed door.
You can't change the economy, but you can choose to remain unfettered and focused, taking action that advances your professional future. Here are some steps to help you regain control and increase your career currency:
The Big Picture
• Set aside some time to reflect on your career history and to plot your career road map, based on your strengths and passions. It has been said that most people expend more effort researching their next vacation than they do planning their future.
• Consider your career goals for 10 years from now, not just in terms of salary and title, but including such factors as joy on the job and lifestyle. Your career currency will follow your passion.
• Imagine that you're making a speech at your retirement party years from now. What would you wish you had accomplished? Then act upon it! If you don't limit your thinking, you won't limit the possibilities.
• Operate like a free agent; only you know what really inspires you. What projects make you want to get up in the morning, or are exciting to talk about in social settings?
• Design your career objectives based on what would bring you the greatest long-term satisfaction—without being afraid of going off-road. Your career journey could take you into unexpected but exciting territory as you gradually achieve greater "market value." Today's economy still necessitates taking practical actions that will move your career forward toward your big-picture goals:
• Don't update your resume, rewrite it. If you take a completely fresh look at the career objectives that best reflect your talents and passions, your background will naturally flow from them. Moreover, when you express your most valued accomplishments at each job, you'll also attract the most suitable position for who you are and what you can contribute, boosting your career currency.
2009-11-17 22:46 编辑：kuaileyingyu