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New Year, New Career: 6 Steps to Achieve Career Success in 2013

Career Coach and Author Ford R. Myers Offers a Fool-Proof Plan to Find a New Job or Fix Your Current One in 2013

Americans make all kinds of New Year's resolutions - to lose weight, to stop smoking, to spend more time with family and friends. However, you rarely hear anyone say, "I'm committed to improving my career situation."

Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons, http://www.getthejobbook.com) has developed a simple six-part "Power Plan" designed to help individuals make the most of their current career or find a new and more satisfying one in 2013.

1: Perform an Internal Audit: A comprehensive internal audit combines an individual's personal values, a list of adjectives outlining their "ideal employer," and a "perfect job description." Candidates should also do an honest assessment of their appearance, to ensure that they are optimizing "first impressions."

2: Update Your Job Seeker's "Tool Kit": It's vital to have a well-rounded "portfolio" of self-marketing tools to generate best results. Every job seeker needs written accomplishments, verbal presentations, professional biography, list of references, testimonial comments, letters of recommendation, and other items along with the resume.

3: Networking:  The Core of Your Search: Develop a networking contact list, positioning statement (where you've been professionally), a departure statement (what happened to your last job), list of targeted companies, and a networking meeting agenda. Follow a structured, proven methodology for generating one-on-one networking meetings, and also attend select networking events and functions consistently.

4: Interviewing For Success:  Better Interviews Get Better Offers: Job seekers need to provide the interviewer with accurate, relevant accomplishment stories about job performance and tangible results. The interviewer needs to share the story of their company, describe the position in question, and explain specifically how they want you to fit into this picture. When the candidate's experiences and assets match-up with the employer's needs and problems, that's called a job offer!

5: Salary Negotiations:  The Rules of the Game: Salaries are fully negotiable, even in the current economy. Perform extensive salary research and defer salary discussions until an offer seems imminent. Discuss salary only with the person who has the authority to negotiate the salary and hire you. And remember that your prior salary has nothing to do with the salary you may be offered in a new position.

6: Practice Perpetual Career Management: Keep all your success documents up to date. Put time aside every week for active networking. Research and be aware of the competition. Offer to help people in your network. Build and maintain a high professional profile via social media, association involvement, speaking and writing in your niche. Always be engaged in career management, regardless of what your work situation is currently. Don't wait for a career crisis to arise before you "get yourself in gear!"

"Despite the current economy, many people are moving up the corporate ladder or finding excellent new careers. Those who are achieving success know how to 'play the game' and are fully prepared for every step of the career development process. Anyone can find career success in 2013 by properly executing the steps I've outlined above," adds Myers. For more information and other useful tips for achieving career success, visit http://www.getthejobbook.com.

Reprinted by permission of Ford R. Myers, a nationally-known Career Coach and author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring." Download your free bonuses now at http://www.careerbookbonuses.com.


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