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Planning Your Fourth Quarter Career Outlook

MotivationFall not only brings with it a change of seasons, but also a fresh outlook for today’s job seekers. This new season can be the breath of fresh air you need to rejuvenate your job search, jumpstart a stagnant career, or pursue a dream. As 2009 begins to wind down, economists are optimistic that the economy is on the brink of bouncing back. So, we want to provide you with some helpful tips you can start applying now to kick start your career into 2010.

  1. Keep your dreams alive. Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? Maybe a career path you’ve wanted to follow, but you’re hesitant to take the first steps because you’re not sure where they will lead? The key to remember is the only way to know if you will like that dream job is to try it. If you work at it and discover you don’t like it, at least you have the answer you were looking for and can move on to bigger and better things. But, what if you end up loving it?

    Recently, an Express associate was working as an assistant day care director. Then, he was recruited by Express to work at a local school to help teach two classes. Through this opportunity, he discovered that he enjoyed teaching and decided to pursue it full-time.

  2. Make a move. Maybe there’s a place you’ve always wanted to live? How about making a fresh career start in a brand new city or state? If you enjoy your job but would just like to move, maybe your current employer has multiple locations in your state or country. You could talk to your supervisor about relocating to a new office location. If you’re currently looking for a job, some new scenery might be just what you need to shake off the job search blues and start with a fresh outlook and focus.

  3. Don’t work just to work. When you work at something you enjoy, your performance and productivity is better than if you’re just working for the money. If you’re currently at a job you don’t enjoy, it might be time to search for a new career that will make you look forward to Monday instead of dreading it. It’s OK to be a little picky when it comes to what you want to do – you don’t have to say “yes” to the first thing that comes your way.

  4. Network and find a mentor. Is there something out there you would like to do, but you don’t have experience in that field? Look for others who currently work in that industry and seek advice from them. For example, one Express associate worked jobs in both fast food and construction, but wanted to do something else. To make a career switch, he felt he needed help with his presentation skills. A staffing consultant at his local Express office mentored him, and today he is in a managerial position at a growing company.

The fourth quarter is a great opportunity for you to gain a new outlook on your career. It can be scary to think about pursuing a different career if you already have a good job. However, it’s also scary to continue to do something that does not satisfy you. Just the same, it’s stressful trying to find a job if you’ve recently been laid off or let go. There are doors of opportunity out there, and if a new career is what you need or desire, start knocking on those doors today. With a new season comes new opportunities.

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