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It’s the start of a new year, and it’s tempting to join the fervor of your friends who are making New Year’s resolutions (even though only about 8 percent of resolutions are fulfilled) and try to cram as many career development opportunities as you can into January and February. But Dorie Clark, a marketing strategist and the author of the career books “Reinventing You” and “Stand Out, recommends that working professionals emphasize good strategy over pure volume of activities when it comes to plotting their career moves in 2017.
In an article posted last month in the Harvard Business Review, she had the following tips for job seekers wishing to ascend the career ladder this year.
Force yourself to set aside time. If trying to spend time thinking about your career by yourself isn’t happening, consider starting a mastermind group, where you and several friends help each other and hold each other accountable.
Get clear on your next steps. Clark suggests that you “pre-write” your resume, reflecting where you want to be in five years, and what it will take to get there.
Invest in deep work. Don’t be seduced by reactive career-boosters such as trying to answer email from the boss faster than anyone else. She says: “Instead, what marks you as successful over time is creating in-depth, valuable projects — whether that’s writing a book or a brilliant new piece of code, spearheading the launch of a promising product, or undertaking a meaningful initiative, like reorganizing the company’s performance review system.” Take the time to create something of lasting value!
Build your external reputation. Having support from people outside your current organization can demonstrate you have other opportunities if you want them. Take a leadership role in a professional association, blog on industry topics, or speaking at industry conferences can all help you remain visible in your field.
The ASU Alumni Association’s Alumni Career Services program will be offering numerous live and online events this month. Choose wisely, find the ones that fit your 2017 career plan the best, and prepare for big wins in the next 12 months!
Maroon and Gold Networking Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at The Graduate Hotel, 225 E. Apache Blvd, Tempe.
Leverage the power of Sun Devil Nation and join us to interact with a dynamic group of professionals and make lasting connections. ASU Alumni Career Services staff will be on hand to answer any questions and help make introductions!
“Ace the Interview” Professional Development Session, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the ASU Memorial Union (Room 225/Yuma), Tempe.
TEKsystems will be hosting a professional development presentation open to all alumni to attend. Natalie Norris, TEKSystems’ university sales recruiter, will be sharing tips on interviewing and how to be the ideal candidate employers want to hire!
To RSVP, please email Natalie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Alumni Career Night, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.
This event is a chance for Sun Devils under age 35 to build relationships and uncover business connections within the Sun Devil Nation. Hear from a panel of successful professionals who are ASU alumni, and seek the answers to your most pressing career issues!
Virtual Career Workshops/Opportunities
ASU Alumni Virtual Career Fair, 1-3 p.m. (Phoenix time), Thursday, Feb. 9, Online.
Try a new way to look for work! Our virtual career fair follows an online chat format that will connect you directly with hiring organizations looking for qualified ASU graduates. Our online, cloud-based platform can be accessed from the comfort of your home, office, smartphone or tablet. Organizations participating in this virtual event will also be on the ASU Tempe campus Feb. 15 and 16 to meet in person.
Weekly Webinar Series Topics
These webinars will help you get ready to show your best professional face to the world, interview well, and land your dream career! During January and February, the webinars will be held every other week and feature expert presenters!
This month’s topics include:
Jan. 11 - Modern Resume Writing: Career coach and certified professional resume writer John Singer will show participants the anatomy of a resume that gets results. A resume prep sheet will be available for all participants.
Jan. 25 - How to Land Your Dream Job: Scott Swedberg, a LinkedIn recruiter and hiring manager, shares his proven system of "hacking" the hiring process. Learn how to get a new job faster, with less effort and more confidence!
These webinars will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Arizona time (Mountain Standard Time) and are FREE. To sign up, visit https://alumni.asu.edu/content/alumni-career-services-weekly-webinars.
Career coaching for Sun Devil alumni - now available on demand!
ASU career advisors offer professional guidance in all aspects of career development including resume writing, interview preparation and job search strategies. To learn more about career advising, including how to make an appointment to meet with a career advisor at one of ASU’s four campuses or remotely, visit Sun Devil CareerLink at https://eoss.asu.edu/cs/sdcl.
~ Liz Massey, Managing Editor, ASU Alumni Association