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Millennial New Years Resolutions to Help Further Your Career

My New Years Eve was decidedly non-Millennial.  I didn’t get dressed up and go out with friends to a black tie shindig or a cozy house party.  Instead, I watched TV in my New England childhood home, delighted to have dozens more cable channels that I do in DC.  Indeed, I was so engrossed in Futurama, I completely forgot to watch the ball drop.

In the midst of all of my at home comforts (my bed has an electric blanket!), I’d also forgotten to seriously consider my New Years resolutions.  In all honesty, they don’t change much year to year: stay in touch with loved ones, listen to my body when it comes to training, improve my Spanish skills, etc.

This year, I’ve decided to keep my new years resolutions succinct and job focused. In fact, there are only two:

1. I will Join LinkedIn

I’ve had Friendster and MySpace.  The tiny hipster facet of my personality will coolly remark that I have been on Facebook since it was limited to Boston area colleges. You know, before they let just anyone join.   Clearly, I have no problem exposing my “likes,” (which include Wide Sargasso Sea and Jonathon Kozol fyi), to hundreds of people. Yet, I have been extremely reticent to join LinkedIn.  I know it’s probably not much less private than Facebook, but making my employment information available to anyone who can operate a search engine gave me pause.  Of course, I began to change my mind when I saw how many people are on the site; My father, former bosses and several of my best friends are on LinkedIn.  People with whom I have interviewed are on LinkedIn.  Seven men named Sherlock Holmes are on LinkedIn.  Clearly, it is time for me to stop resisting and join.

2. I Will Become the Savion Glover of Networking

The New Year is the perfect time to improve my tapping skills: tapping into my networks, that is. There are plenty of people to meet in my college network, my law school network and my graduate school network. Networking pays off, especially in this type of economy.  Many of my post law school jobs were not acquired through the good old-fashioned application process. No, I was hired because I knew the person doing the hiring and they were aware of my background and skills either through informational interviews or volunteering.   I know networking offers tremendous potential for obtaining a job.  My 2014 will be dedicated to cultivating the time and enthusiasm required for this essential task.

I will keep CareerFuel updated with my progress as I attempt to keep these resolutions.  I especially look forward to discussing the photo I select for my LinkedIn profile, never having taken a “professional” photograph.  I am currently vacillating between crossed arms and a power suit and a smizing close up.

How about you? Did you make any job related new years resolutions for 2014?

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About Shannon Alexander

Shannon was born in 1982, which makes her a member of the Millennial Generation, not Generation X as she previously presumed. She is an attorney by trade with a background in immigration and human rights law. Shannon loves reading, running and traveling. She has held library cards and run races all around the world from London to St. Louis to Lund.