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Good career builder habits
   GOOD CAREER BUILDER HABITS

Whether it's for New Year or any other time of year, it takes discipline to improve your career builder habits. Many people realize that new habits like attending more networking events or taking on special projects at work could help them get ahead in their careers. Yet the number of people who follow through with making real changes to their habits is much lower. These are some of the most important career builder habits:

WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN

No matter what your goals are, your first step should be to write them down. Writing your goals down gives you a chance to see them on something tangible, which makes them more real. It also gives you an opportunity to think through what you need to do to get to your objective. When writing your goals down, visualize where you want to be ultimately and write out the steps you would need to take to get there. For example, if you want to become the manager of your department, it might require that you improve your public speaking skills and that you get noticed by the higher-ups. Perhaps being able to participate in social activities like golf outside the workplace but with other important people in the office would help you get noticed.

If you're not sure how to get a position you want, you can always try asking someone who has the position already how they got it. This might require attending networking events or working your rolodex to find someone who can give you the information you need.

TAKE ACTION

Writing your goals down is a good first step. Then you need to take action! The sooner you take action, the better. Maybe it's enrolling in a class. Or signing up to attend the first networking event. Even if the action you take is small compared with all that needs to be done to achieve your goal, it will get you one step closer and psychologically make you feel more committed.

SET DEADLINES

If you simply resolve to make changes or achieve things but don't have any timeline set to your goals, you run the risk of getting lazy and procrastinating. Set up a plan with deadlines to reach on a regular, perhaps monthly, basis. Then make sure to update your plan if a deadline is missed so that the subsequent deadline doesn't become impossible to meet.

REWARD YOURSELF

Getting yourself to change behavior is hard - even if it's something you really want. When it comes to changing behaviors, it's helpful to think of yourself as a coach. A coach will push you hard when he knows you can do better. But if you work really hard and give 100 %, he'll also reward you for a job well done. Any achievement plan should also include incentives and rewards. For example, if you hate public speaking but realize you have to improve your skills to get a better position, you might commit to treat yourself to ice cream whenever you deliver a speech for your public speaking class.

BE SMART ABOUT IT

There are often easier or simpler ways of doing things that can save time. Networking and talking to more experienced people is a good way to find potential shortcuts.


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   CAREER EDUCATION GLOSSARY

Comprehensive career education glossary. Definitions of career education and career builder terms.

Adult basic education.    Adult general education    Adult secondary education.    Adult student.     Apprenticeship.    Aptitudes.   

Assessment.    Attributes.     Career.     Career branding.     Career Carnival.    Career change.    Career cluster.    Career coach.   

Career counseling.    Career exploration.    Career development.    Career fair.    Career guidance.    Career-Interest Inventory.    

Career mentoring.    Career objective.    Career paths.    Career planning.    Career program certificate.    Career resources.   

Career Trek.    Competencies (proficiencies).    Competency-based education.     Community Education.   

Continuing Workforce Education.    Co-operative career education    Cover letter.    Curriculum-Integrated program.   

CV. Curriculum Vitae.    Degree Vocational Education Program.    Demand occupation.    Distance education.    Doctorate.   

Dislocated worker.    Employability.    Entrepreneurial skills.    Formation.    Foundation skills.    Freelance career.    Head hunter.   

Home-based careers.    Human capital.    Human performance technology.    Human resources.    Immersion courses.    Internship.   

Job satisfaction.    Job shadowing.    Life coaching.    Lifelong learning.    Mentor.    Mentoring.    Moonlighting.    Motivation letter.   

Non-traditional careers.    Portfolio.    Postsecondary.    Prerequisite.    Real Game.    Resume.    Sabbatical year.   

School-to-career program.    Self-employment.    Self-instruction.    Skills.    Undergraduate.    Work-based learning.   

Work exploration.    Work readiness.    Work study.    Workforce development education.    Youth apprenticeship.

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