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Working on your career can feel overwhelming at times, wouldn’t you agree?

It is easy to make big decisions e.g. THIS is the year I will finally get a promotion or a new job, but then you realize you don’t know to do it and as it is such a big idea, you get stuck and end up doing nothing.

There are Train the Trainer Courses available for you which will provide courses on topics like project management, sales training, interviewing training, Receptionist skills and even can improve your communication skill so that you get success in your professional life.

You can always get a coach to help you out, but I also wanted to share an idea with you.

Many businesses I’ve worked for plan business quarter by quarter instead of just doing it once a year. Of course, they always have an annual plan, but there are always quarterly metrics and they report quarterly, too.

Why? A year is just too long to have a plan without checking progress and reviewing what has and hasn’t been working.  On the other hands 3 months is just enough time to take action and see some results.

So, why aren’t we doing that more in our careers?

For example:

If you have a goal of finding a new job in 2014, instead of saying: “I’m going to get new job by XX date” (which is completely out of your control), how about saying instead:

“I’m going to attend one networking or new event per week, and have coffee or a phone call with one new person every week as well, as I research jobs and companies.  I expect this to lead to at least 3-4 interviews by the end of three months.”

At the end of the “quarter” – you take a look and ask yourself: “okay, how did I do?”

Did you talk to people every week? If not, why not?

Did you get any interviews? If so, how did you hear about those positions and what did you learn?

The point is that if a project is too big and the outcome feels out of your control, you are likely to fail.

However, when you can point to concrete things that you do, then you can see what really works AND make progress.

Or if your goals is to be promoted this year, your 3-month plan might look like this:

1. Talking to your manager to find out what steps you need to take, including training or experience that you need to complete.

2. Sign up for training and volunteer for a specific project.

3. Review your progress with your manager at the end of three months, and talk about what other steps you might need to talk.

And of course rate yourself on your own.  Where did you do well? What really worked? And, what can you do better?

Feels more manageable, right?

Sometimes we make things too hard.  So, my question to you is this:

What do you want to concentrate on for the next three months in your career?

Make a plan, take some action and … see where it takes you.  I cannot wait to find out!

And if you’re looking to accelerate your career in the next 3 months, check out my 90-day Career Control programme – you can save £250 if you register by end of April.

Warm regards,

Margaret Buj

Interview & Career Coach
 A Recruiter’s Inside Scoop on Salary Negotiation TipsMargaret Buj is an interview and career acceleration coach who specializes in helping professionals get any job they want at their best ever salary. If you want to find out how recruiters read resumes, why you’re not getting hired, how to sell yourself successfully in a job interview and how to negotiate your best salary yet, you can download her free “You’re HIRED!” video course.

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