Do Your 2011 Career Goals Include a Virtual Office Space?

Heading into 2011, workers everywhere may be setting and re-evaluating their career goals. But how many of these resolutions will survive past February?

“New Year’s resolutions frequently include setting and re-evaluating career goals,” says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies. “Goals that are broken down into smaller action items have a greater chance of success.”

Accountemps highlights six common career-related resolutions and offers tips for making them stick in 2011:

‘I want a new job.’ Schedule time each week to revise your resume, build your LinkedIn profile, research new job opportunities and set up meetings with business contacts, including recruiters who specializes in your field. Reassess these goals monthly, and reward yourself when you meet key milestones.

Davinci Virtual’s Note: If you want a new job because you are seeking flex-time, be sure to ask about the possibility of telecommuting from a virtual office.

‘I want to build my network.’ Join at least one professional association, and attend meetings regularly. At work, foster your internal network by joining cross-departmental teams and participating in companywide activities.

Davinci Virtual’s Note: You can amp up your productivity and have more time for networking if you work from a virtual office space at least once a week.

‘I want to enhance my marketability.’ Pursue a certification, learn a new software application or take a course to develop your skill set. Consider pursuing a leadership role with an industry or professional association or volunteering with a nonprofit group whose cause you are passionate about.

Davinci Virtual’s Note: Once again, you can spend more time marketing yourself if you accomplish more in less time. Virtual office technologies set the stage for greater productivity.

‘I want to improve my work performance.’ Meet with your boss to identify areas for improvement and establish career objectives. Offer to take on a project outside your job description, and look for opportunities to help colleagues who are carrying a heavy workload.

Davinci Virtual’s Note: Try employing virtual office technologies like web conferencing to save time on travel.

‘I want a promotion.’ Set up a meeting with your manager to discuss your career objectives and the ways in which you can bring more value to your firm in an advanced position. If a promotion isn’t in the immediate offing, work with your boss to identify the steps necessary to achieve one.

Davinci Virtual’s Note: Maybe even suggest an alternative workplace strategy that can save your company money on overhead expenses. Get creative and show your worth!

‘I want a raise.’ Research salary trends. For example, consult industry resources such as the annual Salary Guide from Robert Half to determine average pay rates for someone in your position. Then, present a business case to your supervisor for why you deserve a boost in pay. While many companies still may not be in a position to give raises, you may be able to negotiate other perks, such as a flexible schedule, in the interim.

As you consider your 2011 career goals, continue to consider how a virtual office space can help you work smarter, faster and more efficiently.


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