A Time for Career Reflection
The new year is a great time for career reflection. I have previously written you should perform career reflection twice a year, around July 4th and New Years.
Last month, I asked you to create 5 bold goals for 2017. The areas for these bold goals were:
Create a calendar entry for early July and document each of these goals. You will want to revisit each of these goals and perform one of the 3 R’s:
Reflection on 2016 for Career Pivot
2016 marked the third consecutive year with double-digit growth in revenue for Career Pivot.
Website traffic grew 50% in 2016 and that allowed me to put a few ads on the website. The ads are now generating about $100/month of revenue.
I had a lot of clients go back to work. Even some long-term, unemployed returned to work.
I announced in early 2016 4 community building initiatives:
- Surveys – These have been very successful. Check out the survey results here.
- Office Hours – Well, that did not work out.
- BoomerJobTips LinkedIn Group – LinkedIn groups, in general, have become ghost towns. This is still a work in progress.
- Video – My usage of Blab died with Blab. I decided not to pursue other live video platforms like Periscope or FaceBook live.
What did come out of these initiatives was lots of good learning and feedback. The Career Pivot e-mail list is growing rapidly, at almost 200 new members per month, and now tops over 4,000 members.
What About You?
I want you to reflect back on 2016.
What goals did you set for yourself in any of the 5 areas I mentioned above? Did you attain those goals? Do you need to apply the 3 R’s: recommit, revise or remove to these goals?
What goals do you have for 2017? Are you going to make them public by telling someone like your spouse, friend, or adult child? When we make our goals public, we often are more likely to attain those goals.
Create a calendar entry for early July and document your goals for the 1st half of 2017. This is a good way for you to calibrate yourself every 6 months.
What’s Next for Career Pivot?
Look for a reader’s survey in the coming weeks.
I have a number of initiatives that I will be working on in 2017, which includes publishing the next edition of Repurpose Your Career.
2017 brings a lot of uncertainty. I do not know about you, but uncertainty brings with it a lot of anxiety for me. I wrote previously that when there is a lot of uncertainty I focus on what I can control.
Let’s take 2017 by the horns and make it the best year ever.Marc Miller
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