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While that's an adequate way to put bread on the table, it probably won't win you any big raises or promotions.
So, whether you're hoping to stay at your current employer or thinking you'll move to another firm at some point, here are eight job resolutions to help you jumpstart your career in 2007.
The ideal board will include someone at work who understands your company better than you do, someone within your industry who has a broad sense of what's happening in the field, and a third person who understands what you want from life.
Self promotion is an important but much-loathed part of negotiating a raise or winning a new job. Asking for help can make it easier.
Once you have a couple of goals in mind, ask your boss how you can go about making the changes. You may be able to volunteer for a project, for example, or take on a new responsibility. Just be sure you focus on the benefits to your boss and the company; it will show that you're a team player and make him or her more receptive.
Make sure your resumi clearly presents your talents, and not just the jobs you've held. "It's far more interesting to look at capabilities than job descriptions," says Doug Matthews, executive vice president of global operations at consultants Right Management.
Right Management's Mr. Matthews suggests reading the company's press releases to spot trends in growth or contraction. Media coverage and stock prices can also help you gauge a company's health. For smaller firms, Mr. Matthews says, get feedback from people in the industry.
Also take the time to review potential employers. Don't assume a company is growing -- and therefore a good place to be -- just because it has several tempting openings. The openings may exist because insiders were eager to jump ship.
Finding a job could be tougher in 2007, with more people looking. Unemployment is still a low 4.5%, but it's starting to move up.
But you may also want to consider joining Toastmasters International or taking a communications course, such as the ones offered by Dale Carnegie Training. The programs are designed to build confidence and teach networking skills. Toastmasters costs $20 for materials and $27 every six months, while the Carnegie courses often run more than $1,000.
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