I think it’s safe to say that we live in a world fueled by instant gratification and we shouldn’t waste time trying to fool ourselves into thinking that this mentality is isolated to one generation. The truth is, to some extent we all have those moments when we want a new initiative to work immediately, a new employee to adjust to the office culture, or a new opportunity to show itself. However, we also recognize that most of the time things happen when they should instead of when we think they should. So when these moments beyond your control present themselves I suggest that you consider this ashleyism (provided by Ramonica Scypion):
Instead of spending this time worried about what’s not happening take this time to explore, reflect and experiment. You’re smart enough to not make a mistake that would tank your career, so take chances, do some things that are unfamiliar and try out my 4 Point Personal Polish.
- Social Resume: Social media outlets provide a great avenue for you to showcase your goals and outcomes. Take time to find new people or resources to follow, update your profile pictures and change up your posting strategies. Consider sharing your goals, progress on those goals and the end result, whether it’s for a program or a personal goal. Trust me when I say that you’ll be cheered along, regardless of if it’s by a stranger or a friend. People want to see others succeed, that’s why we’re in this business.
- Professional Push: There are a number of ways to get involved in a professional organization, but my suggestion is that you determine if your organization of choice has knowledge communities and, if so, join at least two. Your first one should relate to your job and your second should relate to something that is of interest to you. If you’re feeling adventurous consider joining one that is completely unfamiliar to you. This is an excellent way to explore new perspectives and strengthen your learning skills. You also may be inspired to contribute research to the field.
- Personal Database: Most people update their resumes when an opportunity presents itself. I encourage you to take some time to create a vitae and unload every personal and professional experience you’ve had into this document. Take time to reflect on experiences, such as presentations, community involvement or accomplishments, and don’t be afraid to be prideful. Remember that when the time comes you will take the information relevant to the position you are applying for. Most importantly remember that a vitae is a working document so tinker away.
- Shop Around: Have you ever wanted something beyond your reach or decided to consider your options before making a purchase? I think career planning is just like this. Take some time to look at job descriptions for positions beyond your reach, as well as positions that are within your reach. Evaluate them to determine what experience you are lacking and make the necessary adjustments. Also utilize databases to explore salary trends and research institutions to learn more about their culture. Sometimes knowing what you don’t want is just as important as knowing what you do.
Happy polishing! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.