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Career Advice: Looking Back to Move Forward

Posted by First Choice Staffing NYC on Dec 30, 2015 5:11:41 PM
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Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different?” - C.S. Lewis


While most people are focusing on their New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve decided to use this time as a period for reflection on the past year. In my humble opinion, it would be quite difficult and foolish to create New Year’s Resolutions without strongly considering your past year. It might behoove you to take the last few days of 2015 to look fondly on the happy memories of the year and finally let go of your regrets. Take the time to evaluate your achievements and failures. Did you succeed in the areas you intended to? If not, why do you think you fell short? This of course not only applies to your personal relationships, but your professional ones as well. Both of which revolve around the most important relationship of all: the one you have with yourself. Self-reflection can teach you quite a bit and, as they say, hindsight is 20/20. Let the lessons of your past steer your present and future decisions for the better. And, let it trickle into every facet of your life, including your career. 

The holidays tend to put work on the back burner (as it should—no judgment), but as you gear up for 2016, take a step back and take a big picture view of your career over the last year. Whether you work in a small office or a large corporation, it can be easy to get lost in the monotony of your daily tasks. You can forget that each day adds up to a year of hard work and that your hard work hopefully resulted in some proud moments and maybe some frustrating ones too. You might be surprised to discover that you’ve accomplished all you wanted and more or possibly discouraged that you weren’t able to reach certain goals. It’s important to accept these results whether they are good or bad and know that recognizing them is half the battle. Winning the battle is allowing them to shape how you work moving forward.

So to get your juices flowing, I’ll share a reflection I’ve made and how I’ll incorporate it into how I do my job in the new year. In every business, we want to be productive and we want to be profitable. Ideally, those two work in conjunction, but sometimes, it’s out of our control. Every company has their particular pain points and it’s essential that you learn to identify them, fix them when you can and deal with them when you cannot. For example, as a recruiter, I can do my very best to help a candidate find the right role. I can support them through the entire interview process, get their questions answered and fight to get them the compensation they deserve. The outcome of my efforts is never a guaranteed success. They might get an offer elsewhere and accept that, leaving us with a very dissatisfied client. They might accept the job and find it falls short of their expectations. The list goes on. There are many variables that are out of our control every single day that can affect our work in a positive or negative way. I’m going to work hard to make sure that I keep those variables separate from the way I evaluate my work. There can be a fine line between pushing yourself and being too hard on yourself. Not everything can be controlled.  I plan on continuing to work on finding this balance in the New Year.

What did you learn from 2015? And what will you do about it in 2016? Remember the only person with the answer is you!

Wishing our readers a happy and healthy New Year!


Written by: Amanda Wendlinger, Senior Recruiter at First Choice Staffing, New York


Tags: jobs, tips, new year, career, reflection