What Will Be The Title Of Your 2014 Chapter?
First, I want to start off by wishing all of you a very, happy, safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. As the New Year
begins, it provides a sense of optimism, opportunity and possibilities. I like to think of it as ending the chapter of the
previous year and starting a new chapter charting your course for the year ahead. So what
will the title of your 2014 chapter be? For some the chapter may contain goals for a new
job, home, travel, more money, etc. The title of your chapter can guide you on creating a
plan to help get you achieve those goals. It can serve as an anchor to remind you what you
set out for the year.
If your 2014 chapter has aspirations for a promotion or career change (and of course more
money), consider exploring development opportunities that may be available to you
through your company’s eLearning tool or education/training programs. Social networking
tools such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ also have free groups you can join to
participate in conversations, projects, webinars, events, and industry discussions.
Upgrading your skills in an evolving market is always a good idea. It demonstrates your
willingness to learn new things and keep relevant. Take a few moments to think about what
new skills or training you would like to acquire and how that may help you align with your
holistic career plan.
Maybe you’re quite happy in your job but would like to get a better sense of what’s happening within your company or
out there (in your industry). The start of the New Year should also be the start of new
relationships. Take some time to build networks both within and outside your organization.
I am a firm believer that different perspectives can help you make a more informed decision
about what’s happening both beside you and around you. How about making a goal to
network with 6 people this year? That’s one every two months. Perhaps 3 people internally
and 3 people externally. Maybe they’re acquaintances that you causally interact with that
you would like to get to know better. Build your networks through LinkedIn, Twitter and/or
Google+. Pick a few people and reach out to them. If you can’t meet in person, set up a virtual coffee. Building and
cultivating your network can be an important step to helping you make connections to realize your end goals.
Regardless of your end goals, I as wrote in my previous blog post How to Articulate Your Accomplishments for Your
Performance Review make a point of updating your online profiles to include accomplishments, skills and projects you
completed. Having an updated profile helps build your brand and showcase your updated skills.
Finally, and most importantly, incorporate your personal goals and objectives into your
2014 chapter. The way we feel is the foundation of how we project ourselves to our
family, friends and work colleagues. Feeling positive about you should be your number
one priority. Maybe it’s time to take up a new hobby or start an exercise routine.
Having balance helps put you in the right frame of mind to focus and achieve your
As for me…the title of my 2014 chapter will be an expansion of my 2013 continuous
improvement philosophy, simply: “Expanding my perspectives through learning”. That will include both professional and
I look forward to hearing what titles you come up with for this year. I wish you every success in achieving
your goals. Tweet me @annzaliebarrett !
Ann Barrett, Director eRecruitment & Social Media Strategy