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By Meaghan Marshall, Nov 27 2017 01:58AM


Many companies will conduct end of year performance reviews however this review is about taking a look at your career and not just your performance in your current position.


Even if you are happy at work, the approaching end of the year provides a great excuse to take some time to reflect on your career, evaluate, and consider what you would like to achieve in the coming year.


Step One: Where are you in your career?


Start my giving thought to where you are in your career, how far have you come and where you see yourself going?


Is the job you have now the one you imagined you would be doing when you started out? Is there more you want to achieve? Are you satisfied? Do you feel motivated? Do you use your strengths and talents in your current role? Did you set any goals for your career this year? Did you achieve them?


If you feel you need to make a change, big or small, start to give some thought to the experience or skills you need in order to take the next step.


Step Two: Review 2017


What professional goals did you set yourself for 2017? Did you achieve them? Did you set goals? Did your focus shift? What did you do well? Where did you fall short? Consider why you didn’t achieve certain goals?


Review your year and determine what didn’t work and what you can learn for 2018. What goals did you achieve? Why do you think you achieved these goals? What kept you motivated? Again, what can you take from this to make 2018 a triumph?


If you didn’t have any goals set for 2017, consider your successes in the past year and identify what helped you achieve these accomplishments. Was it people, your motivation, a new approach, positive thinking, certain actions? What can you learn for 2018?


Learn from your mistakes in 2017 but don’t dwell on them. Take what you have learnt from 2017 to make 2018 more successful.


Step Two: Record your Achievements


While looking back over 2017, take the time to recognize and revel in your achievements. What have you achieved over the past year? What education and training did you complete? Have you been promoted or taken on extra responsibilities? What goals did you accomplish? What exceptional feedback have you received?

Now write your accomplishments down. Keeping a record of your accomplishments is good practice. It can be difficult to recall examples of our achievements when required to for resume writing, job interviews or performance reviews but if you make the effort to keep a record you will always be prepared.


Step Three: Visualise Your Future


Drawing from your reflection on your career and 2017, consider your next career step? Take some time to visualise for 2018 and beyond what you want from your career.


What do you want to be doing more of? What do you want to be doing less of? Do you want to maintain where you are now?


Let yourself imagine your ultimate career dream.

Step Three: Create a Plan for 2018


Now it is time to think about how you will get to the career future you are visualised.


Make a list of your career goals. Include both the long term and those for the coming year.


Now break the goals down into a list of what you need to do to achieve these goals. What actions do you need to take? What did you learn from 2017 to help you achieve your goals? Do you need any additional training? What new skills do you need? Do you need to find a new employer?


Your next steps might include gaining additional experience, taking on additional responsibilities to increase your skill set, building your network, changing employers, changing jobs, additional training or education, seeking assistance or additional resources.


Make sure you set a timeline for accomplishing your goals.



With your plan for 2018 in place you can be sure you are starting your new year with a renewed focus on you and your career.


Additional Tip: It is a good idea to take the time at the end of the year to also update your resume and LinkedIn profile. This way you can be sure your information is up to date and your accomplishments are recorded. Even if you’re not planning to leave your employer it is good practice to have your resume current.


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By Meaghan Marshall, Oct 7 2014 11:54AM

It is often said that who you know is more important than what you know and when it comes to the job market this adage is absolutely true. It is thought that 70-80% of all professional jobs are not advertised but rather obtained through effective networking.


In today’s era of frequent career moves networking is a critical skill for career success. Effective networking allows you to establish industry contacts, gain access to guidance and support, increase your professional recognition and help you find employment opportunities.


Here we provide advice for developing your network.


What is networking?


Networking is maintaining personal and professional relationships with others for the purpose of mutual benefit in your work or career.


Networking is not just about finding job opportunities but building relationships with others that provide value in your work. These relationships may be a source of information, resources, mentoring, ideas, leads or support.


It is important to remember that networking is a reciprocal process. Networking is about mutual benefit and the expectation is that you reciprocate by also providing information and assistance to those in your network.


How to Create a Network


Step 1: Set Networking Goals


What do you want to achieve from your professional networking activity? Setting goals will help you organize your time and resources and allow you to track and evaluate your progress.


Step 2: Create a Network Data File


Before you begin your networking activity you should create a system to record key information about individuals you include in your network. Key information will include contact details, position, company, interests, common acquaintances, and any other relevant information. This information may be stored in a spreadsheet, an address book or be a file of business cards. Create a system that works for you.


Step 3: Develop your Network


Once you have created a system to maintain network information the next step is to build your network. Look outside your immediate circle to establish network contacts. Potential sources for network contacts include:


 Individuals from your past and current workplace

 Family and friends who have similar professional interests

 Professional associations and events

 Networking events

 Informational interviews

 Social and professional networking websites

 Volunteer work

 Training and development events


Step 4: Maintain Your Professional Network


The next step requires you to develop your professional relationships. Remember that networking is about relationship building and not simply address book expansion. Networking is an ongoing and reciprocal process; provide information and resources to those in your network, always follow up, and remember to thank those who assist you.


There is no final step.


Remember networking is a continuous activity you should carry out your entire career. You should be constantly growing, evolving and contributing to your network.



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