Resolute About Resolutions - Career Expert Offers 10 New Year's Resolutions
Workers Should Consider for 2010

TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - In addition to exercising more and pledging to eat healthier, the new year could be the right moment to revisit how you're doing at work and set career resolutions. Kathryn Bolt, president of Accountemps' Canadian operations, points out that for workers who lost jobs in 2009, rebuilding confidence may be the biggest challenge.

"The past year was a difficult one for many people, but the employment market shows signs of improvement," Bolt said. "Whether employed or conducting a job search, professionals should take steps to enhance their marketability and better position themselves for advancement opportunities."

Bolt offers the following 10 career-related resolutions for 2010:

    1.  Play 'internal' auditor. Everyone's heard that it's a good idea to
        take an objective look at your skills and identify your strengths and
        weaknesses, but surprisingly few do so. Take some time to sit down
        and jot down areas where you think you could really improve in 2010.

    2.  Learn something new. Pursue a certification, become proficient with a
        new software program or take a course to enhance your skill set. The
        key is to continually broaden your expertise.

    3.  Grow your network. Join a professional association or online network,
        or consider working with a specialized staffing firm in your job
        search. These contacts can provide valuable career guidance as well
        as keen insights on trends impacting your field and business.

    4.  Pay it forward. Networking is as much about helping others as asking
        for help. Offer to be a reference for a former colleague or provide
        resume advice for a friend. In the process, you'll strengthen your
        relationships and build goodwill.

    5.  Be a better coworker. Volunteer to help colleagues who may be
        overburdened and look for ways you can improve office morale, such as
        praising others' achievements. In the process, you'll establish
        yourself as a trusted resource at your firm.

    6.  Brush off your resume. You never know when a new opportunity might
        come along, so it's best to be prepared. Updating your resume also
        helps you mentally crystallize what you bring to your current job,
        especially how you are helping your firm weather the recession and
        prepare for growth -- good things to have at the tip of your tongue
        at review time.

    7.  Build your people skills. An Accountemps survey found that
        interpersonal skills often are the factor that can tip the scale in a
        candidate's favour. Work with a mentor who can help you identify your
        strengths and those skills needing improvement.

    8.  Don't be a wallflower. Offer to take on projects beyond your job
        description and participate in or even lead cross-departmental teams.
        The exposure you gain to different functions and colleagues within
        your organization will enhance your professional marketability and
        the value you bring to your employer.

    9.  Reward yourself. As you reach milestones in your career or job
        search, take the opportunity to acknowledge your success. Making time
        to go to a favourite restaurant or read a new book can go a long way
        toward keeping you motivated and ready to tackle new challenges.

    10. Stay positive. Employers want to work with people who maintain their
        poise, no matter how difficult things become. Use levity when
        appropriate to build rapport with your colleagues and ease tensions
        that arise. You'll distinguish yourself by persevering and motivating
        others to perform at higher levels.

Accountemps has more than 360 offices worldwide and offers online job search services at

SOURCE Accountemps

For further information: For further information: Contact: Kristie Perrotte, (416) 350-2330,

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