Sunday, September 04, 2011
I've been wanting to set some new goals for myself for probably a couple months now. It's now very obvious to me that I haven't set aside a chunk of time to do this. So, I will take a small portion of time every few days or so to come up with some new ones. Maybe this way, I will have time to really incorporate them into my life and have my new list completed by the end of September. I will make a point of writing down these new goals in my Spark Journal and will refer to these at least once a week (I'll set up up tentatively for Sunday afternoon).
My first goal is to start re-doing my approach to finding a new job. I am going to re-write my resume. I am going to grab the dictionary and find new words to describe my accomplishments at my past jobs. Someone gave me the idea of "dumbing down" my resume. My last two jobs in Alabama were as an office manager. She suggested that I change that to "administrative assistant" or "executive administrative assistant". After she said that, it made a lot of sense. I've applied for administrative assistant positions and I know that some companies wonder why I would apply for a position that is "beneath" the ones I had. So it just might work.
I am also going to work more on taking the suggestion of another person. She said to start looking at individual companies' websites in addition to the usual job sites. Everyone goes on the usual job sites like Career Builder, etc. But not everyone thinks to go to individual company sites. I should have a better chance at getting noticed this way.
One thing I know I'm going to do is to keep practicing my typing, Word, and Excel for a short time every day. I knew that I was going to take a typing test for county jobs and started practicing a few weeks beforehand. I got a CD out of the library and it actually let me download it to my computer. I typed an article or two every day. The first article had me typing at about 33-35 wpm. When I took the test, I was already back up to 47 wpm. I also had to take Word and Excel tests for the county and for a lot of the employment agencies that I'm registered with. I took short continuing ed classes in both and they helped, but I know I really need to practice occassionaly to keep up with what I've learned. Use it or lose it is definitely true.
I figure I will start with these goals first. Getting a job with better working conditions, a shorter commute, more hours and a better pay is high on my priority list. I'm anxious to get started on these goals to see if they work.