it’s that time of year again

July 4, 2008 at 12:05 am | Posted in Professional Development | Leave a comment
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Hot dogs, barbecue, and resume updating.  Every six months I like to stop and do a career check. Obviously, the New Year is a great time to take an introspective look at your career, but I find a mid-year check to be helpful as well.

These are some things I look for in comparison to where I was six months ago:

1) Am I making any progress on career goals?

2) Reflect on some of the valuable experiences I had (good and bad).

3) What new stuff did I learn?

4) Am I more, less, or the same value in today’s job market?

5) Do others view me as more, less, or equally favorable?

Then I update my resume accordingly.  If I don’t have any updates to the actual resume, but am making good progress toward something, then I’m OK with that and will drive to getting it added in the January revision.  But if I haven’t made progress, I’m not more valuable, and I haven’t learned anything… well, might be time to do some serious introspection between burgers during the holiday cookout.

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