Auld Acquaintances Should Definitely Not Be Forgot in 2008

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Keeping your professional network fresh in an uncertain job market is just one of the important New Year's Career Resolutions suggested by on-line recruiter, WallStJobs.com.

so making yourself more marketable, no matter how secure you think you are, is just prudent career insurance.

While resolving to lose a few pounds in 2008 is probably not a bad idea, you should also give some consideration to your career as well. "The employment picture in the New Year is shaping up to be quite volatile," said WallStJobs.com founder, Robert Graber, "so making yourself more marketable, no matter how secure you think you are, is just prudent career insurance."

Graber suggests putting some of these job focused self-improvement ideas on your New Year’s Resolution "to-do" list for 2008:

  • Network More

Make at least one new business acquaintance per month and cultivate that relationship throughout the year. Don’t let ‘old acquaintances’ be forgotten either, as they are the most likely to have a good sense of your professional growth to date. Pay attention to all contacts with periodic calls, e-mails and appropriate notes.

  • Take Responsibility for Your Own Career

Don’t rely on anyone but yourself to map your success path. Choose near term (6months-1 year) career goals (a promotion, a raise, etc.) and focus on achieving them. Keep abreast of trends in your industry and read the "people on the move" column to see where hiring/promotions are happening in case you want, or need, to make a change.

  • Get Out There

Give a speech. Write an article. Host an event. Get your name noticed in your field at least once in 2008. Visibility puts you ‘on the radar’ for potential new opportunities as well as creating ‘career currency’ at your present employer when it is time for reviews.

  • Learn a New Skill

Master new software. Pursue an advanced degree. Enroll in a certificate
program that is appropriate for your industry. Any of these will make you more valuable and will provide you with a well deserved sense of achievement.

  • Be Good To Yourself

Your mother was right, "If you have your health, you have everything." So make time for yourself in 2008. Join a gym. Take a family vacation. Turn off your iPhone or Blackberry for an hour every day. Put things in perspective and you may find that everything falls into place.

"The job market may be in for a roller-coaster ride in the New Year," says Graber, "so make some career oriented resolutions just in case."

About the company: WallStJobs.com, the premier recruiting source exclusively for financial service professionals, is a member of the Jobosaurus family of uniquely specialized recruiting sites.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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