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Take a deep breath before you make those New Year Resolutions

31st December 2012

As the calendar pages turn over into a new year, full of promise and expectation, many jobseekers pause to take stock of where they are in their journey. If you are  currently under employed or not happily employed, I hope you managed to get a few days off over Christmas  to celebrate and relax. If you are still unemployed, then Christmas breaks also give you a chance to reflect on your progress while recruiters take time off. 

This mid-winter pause gives everyone a chance to review and many will be prompted by the New Year to change their behaviour in order to change their experiences. Whether you are promising yourself that 2013 will bring you a slimmer figure, a healthier lifestyle or new and exciting challenges at work, you need to ensure that you are ready, willing and able to take responsibility for the changes. What does that last sentence mean?

 Any personal change requires effort, commitment, a support team, focus and measurable marker points. As everyone who has failed to lose weight, give up smoking or find work that they enjoy, knows, not having all of these pieces of the change plan in place will sabotage your intention. Do you know how many New Year Resolutions last beyond 31st January? Of course, the number varies according to who provides the information, but most psychologists reckon that if you don't even write down or tell anyone what you intend to change, you won't last a week and even when public commitments are stated, probably as many as 65% remain on track by 31st January. Fewer than 25% last the year. The most common resaon for not pursuing the goals that on 31st December seem right, is lack of personal commitment to those goals. In other words, do you really understand what those changes will demand from you and are you ready to make that change?

 So, before you plunge into 2013 making bold jobseeking claims to yourself, I'd suggest pausing a little to take stock of where you are and what is sensible progress for you right now. Start with some simple questions:

Could you describe clearly what you want and need from your next job and what you can offer your next employer in terms of skills, knowledge and experience? 

 What really interests you at work and what tasks would really depress you? Which organisations are most likely to offer you work that you would enjoy and how do you know this? 

 If these questions seem far too big for you to answer right now, then you will find a model to follow that will help you map out all these answers and more in Chapters 1 and 2 of  'Nail That Job, the complete guide for the less-experienced jobseeker'. Research on successful change suggests that the single most important part of your change plan is your secure support system. Nail That Job gives you your personal and friendly support system to start and stick to those changes. As well as my book, as an experienced coach, I can help you review what you've done so far to look for work,  assess how best to focus in 2013 to get the work you want and need and help you sort the wood from the trees. Pick up the phone now, 01789 740948 or email me on sian@nailthatjob.co.uk.  Make 2013 the year in which you achieve the work that you are really going to enjoy. I genuinely wsh everyone the best of luck in making progress on whatever New Year Resolutions you want to commit to.

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