3 x 3 Career Strategies for the New Year

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3 x 3 Career Strategies for the New Year

Consider the following three by three career strategies for the new year. Each of main three strategies has three areas of focus.   With three areas of focus for each strategy you have a 3 x 3 approach to career strategies you can use to jump start your career for the new year! Use three career strategies: 1) Skill Development , 2) Knowledge Development, 3) Connect and Network  to give your career a boost.

The career strategies in skill development include: 1) Hone the 3 Rs – Reading, Wriitng and Arithmetic, 2) Communication and Problem solving and 3) Management Skills. Three areas of focus for knowledge development include 1) business, 2) small business development, and 3) Industry or professional development. There are three areas of focus when you connect and network. These include: 1) network 2) find a mentor, and 3) know the job market.

When you have reviewed each of the three areas of focus in each of the three primary areas, you will have 3 x 3 or 9 career strategies for the new year!

Set Personal Goals for Career Development

Success always starts with goal setting!  Consider what you want to achieve in a career – do you want to move into management, land a new job, start a small business, or pick up a little extra income on the side.  Follow your heart!  Is there something you have always wanted to do?  The new year may be just the time for a new career strategy.  Your career strategy all starts with a simple goal.  Read more about goal setting:  How to Set Goals for the Life you Actually Want or focus on How to Set Goals: 10 Steps to Stay Focused or read How to Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having your Best Year Ever, by Craig Ballantyne.

As you decide what goal to set, consider 3 areas of focus: 1) Skill Development, 2) Knowledge development and how to 3) connect and network with others. Skills development teaches you how to do something new or allows you to “brush up” on something you haven’t done for a while.  Knowledge development ensures that you know what you need to know to reach your career goals.  Connecting and networking help you work with others to advance your career. Once your goals are set, be sure to implement your career strategies for the new year.

  • (1) Skill Development


The career strategies in skill development include: 1) Hone the 3 Rs – Reading, Wriitng and Arithmetic, 2) Communication and Problem solving and 3) Management Skills. Let’s take a look t each of these areas.

  • Hone the 3 Rs – Reading, wRiting, and aRthimetic.

Set a goal to read more about business. Take the time to read a newspaper or journal that focuses on business and business trends. Read current financial reports. A little daily business reading can go a long way to enhance your business knowledge. If you want to speed up the reading consider a course such as Merrill Ream Speed Reading.

Take a Grammar Refresher or Grammar for ESL course  or Fundamentals of Technical Writing course to improve your writing. Remember, nothing improves writing more than writing every day.  Buy a notebook and write a short summary of your day. You will be amazed at how much easier it gets each time you write! You may even want to learn how you can Publish and Sell Your E-Books.

Improve basic math skills by taking a Math Refresher course or try Singapore Math: Number Sense and Computational Strategies. Maybe you are ready for more advanced skills such as Medical Math, Introduction to Statistics,  Personal Finance, or Stocks, Bonds, and Investing: Oh My!

  • Communication and Problem Solving.

Many businesses will hire someone who can communicate well, then train them on the technical aspects of the business. Improve your communication by taking a Keys to Effective Communication course. Maybe you want to improve your ability to present and share information with others. Consider a course in Mastering Public Speaking.

These days, businesses often look for people with additional skills such knowing another language.  Consider learning a new language as part of your career strategy for the new year.  Take a course in Speed Spanish, Beginning Conversational French, or Easy English 1. Of course, you want to consider the demographics of your specific geographic area to decide which language would be of most use in your location.

Those who can problem solve are valuable to a business.  Enhance your problem solving ability by reading a few books on problem solving: Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book For Smart People by Ken Watanabe or 101 Creative Problem Solving Techniques: The Handbook of New Ideas for Business by James Higgins.   Consider ways to enhance your problem solving abilities such as a course on Skills for Making Great Decisions,  or Achieving Success with Difficult People.

  • Management Skills.

Prepare to move into management by taking a course on Fundamentals of Supervision and Management or Leadership. Those who understand the numbers have a “heads up” over others. Take a course in Accounting Fundamentals or Introduction to Business Analysis so you are the one who “understands the numbers”. It is a great business skill to improve the workplace. Become the one who knows how to do this with a Total Quality Fundamentals course.

Those who move up into management need leadership skills to work with employees.  Take a Leadership course or Understanding the Human Resource Function course to learn the secrets human resource professionals know about how engage employees.

  • (2) Knowledge Development


Three areas of focus for knowledge development include 1) business, 2) small business development, and 3) Industry or professional development.

  • Business.

Expand your knowledge of business and the information a corporate leader needs to know. What do you know about the company you work for? Have you taken the time to look at the corporate web site where you work?

A lot of information can be gathered from a company web site.  Explore the web site of the company where your work or a company you are interested in working for.  Find  the corporate mission statement, financial reports, and company goals. Once you know the company goals, evaluate how you can align your own goals with those of the company so that you can move up the corporate ladder.

Research the web to know what your competitors are doing.  Understand the information that those in management or executive positions know about.  Be the one to know about Employment Law Fundamentals and how the law impacts your workplace.

  • Small Business Development.

Whether you are in business on your own or work for someone else, knowing how to develop and grow a business is a useful knowledge to have. Consider ways to start your own business by taking a course on how to Start your own Small Business or Creating a Successful Business Plan.   Learn how to make money with a Real Estate Investing course or Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay. Many people are successful at home based businesses. A course on how to Start and Operate Your Own Home-Based Business or Starting a Consulting Practice may help you jump-start a small business this year.

If you already own a small business but want to expand, look at marketing methods.  Consider a course in Marketing Your Business on the Internet, Get Grants!, Achieving Top Search Engine Positions, Effective Selling, Professional Sales Skills, or Small Business marketing on a Shoestring.

  • Industry or Professional Development.

If you are part of a specific profession, join the professional organization. If you don’t know of an organization to join, look online at General Professional Organizations and Associations for Networking. Find the organization that meets your career goals and needs.


 (3) Connect and Network


There are three areas of focus when you connect and network. These include: 1) network 2) find a mentor, and 3) know the job market.

  • Network.

It is important to establish networks of professional relationships that link you to others in your industry and profession. Review Job Networking Tips, ,The Art of Career and Job-Searching Networking: Critical Networking Tools for job Seekers or Turbo Charge your job search with 12 easy networking tips. The more people who know you, the more people who can help you with your job search.

Read about Business Networking: How to Build an Awesome Professional network: Strategies and tactics to meet and build relationships, by Mike Fishbein or Networking is not working: Stop collecting business cards and start making meaningful connections, by Derek Coburn.

  • Find a Mentor.

A mentor is someone who is farther along in their career who can help guide you along your career. They can help you prepare to take the next step in moving up in your career. A good mentor can be invaluable! Take your time in Finding the Right Professional Mentor.      Finding a Mentor is Easier than you think if you take the right steps.

  • Know the Job Market.

Take the time to research job trends. Discover what it takes to successfully land your dream job by starting with a course on  Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search. Review industry reports to know what is going on in your industry. Review Bureau of Labor Statistics information to know the labor market in your area.



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