Spring Clean Your Career

By Hagevik, Sandra | Journal of Environmental Health, March 1998 | Go to article overview
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Spring Clean Your Career

Hagevik, Sandra, Journal of Environmental Health

Editor's note:

When it comes to what our members want most from NEHA, at the very top of the list is career assistance, particularly in the area of finding new jobs. While we are limited in the number of "Classifieds" we can run in your monthly Journal (due to the relatively long lag time between issues), we can, however, provide other means of assistance that aren't so time-sensitive. That is what we shall be doing with this new Career Column titled, "Career Consultant," written by Sandra Hagevik, Ph.D.

Dr. Hagevik currently serves as a career consultant for EnviroTemps, Inc., a national woman-owned project staffing firm specializing in the environmental careers field. Throughout the course of her professional life, she has written many resumes, both for herself and for other professionals. She began her career as a science and health teacher, and later moved into the fields of career counseling, university administration, and outplacement consulting. Dr. Hagevik has been a nationally certified career counselor since 1985, and has assisted hundreds of individuals from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors find satisfying careers.

We hope you enjoy this new addition to your Journal - even if you currently have no need to seek new employment opportunities!

Now is the time to clean your career closet. Don't waste your time and energy reminiscing about what's happened in the past - take action for your future.

1. Update your contacts and your rolodex. Organize the business cards you've stuffed into your desk, or add them to an electronic database. Call everyone you haven't spoken with in months.

2. Create a portfolio of samples of your work, performance evaluations, letters of appreciation, awards, certificates, diplomas, and transcripts. Place them in plastic sleeves in a binder.

3. Clean out your fries and add samples of your work to your portfolio or binder of your work. You never know when you'll need it.

4. Get rid of outdated clothing. Spruce up your shoes and briefcase. Toss out anything you haven't worn in the past year or give it to charity and take a tax write-off.

5. Work on your 1998-1999 calendar. Block out deadlines, seminars, conferences, and training.

6. Do your own performance appraisal. Look back at the goals you set for yourself last year. Did you meet them? If not, now is the time to plan this year's approach.

7. Write a new training and education plan. Don't let another day go by without identifying your training needs and your plans for further education.

8. Visit with a career counselor. A counselor can help you identify how your values, interests, skills, and experience can work together to fulfill your career goals. They can also help you design a plan to complete your education.

9. Identify at least 10 people from your profession whom you'd like to meet. Set up get-acquainted meetings and take them out for coffee. Tell them the truth about why you admire them.

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