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Goals: January 2011 Archives

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to make 2011 a great year by setting "S.M.A.R.T. Goals" pertaining to your career development.  S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic and Time-Sensitive.  If it is not a S.M.A.R.T. Goal, it is unlikely to be achieved.  Write them down on a Post-it Note and keep it close at hand, that way in the middle of the year you can check your progress.  Here's a sample of suggestions to help you to stay in shape.

1. I resolve to manage my career better and to be more enthusiastic at work

2. I resolve to read at least one career development book

3. I resolve to start looking for a new job or career by exploring my options

4. I resolve to further my education

5. I resolve to improve the balance between my work and my family

6. I resolve to stay in touch with my references

7. I resolve to strengthen my interview skills

8. I resolve to update my computer and technical skills

9. I resolve to increase my network of contacts

10. I resolve to update my resume

I'd like to know what your top 3 goals for your professional development are for 2011.  Send an email to my blog and perhaps it will give other readers some ideas of what needs to change in the new year.  I welcome your career questions.

Keep Climbing,

Dr. Tom

Copyright 2011, Dr. Thomas J. Denham, Careers In Transition LLC - Blog - Friday, January 14, 2011

Dr. Thomas J. Denham

Dr. Tom Denham is the founder of Careers In Transition LLC, a private practice which focuses on career counseling for individuals and consulting services for institutional clients. Dr. Tom has over twenty years of career services experience at Siena and Union Colleges as well as Harvard, St. Lawrence and Boston Universities.

Dr. Tom founded Northeast Public Radio's award winning talk show, The Career Forum and speaks extensively on career management issues. He earned his bachelors from St. Lawrence University, his masters from Boston University and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

He has climbed over 180 mountains including the Adirondack 46, Oregon's Mt. Hood and The Grand Teton. In 2009, he survived a huge crevasse fall on Mt. Rainier by ice climbing his way out. Tom lives where he grew up in Albany where he would rather be ice and rock climbing and raising his 11 year old daughter, Rachel.

Dr. Tom Denham has been a professional career counselor for over 20 years. He helps people explore their options with career testing, make job changes and write resumes and prepare for interviews.

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