National Career Development Month!
Start Positive - Nothing really happens without that!
The National Career Development Association has celebrated November as National Career Development Month for the last 47 years. The month is dedicated helping people recognize the importance of life-long career development and professional growth. It is an opportunity for us to assess our existing jobs and career situations, explore alternatives, and develop plans that will better prepare us for a great future.
Whether you feel "stuck" in your existing career, "satisfied, but still exploring" or just thinking of a transition to something more, November is the time to begin. Our goal at BullseyeResumes this month is to explore a new activity daily that will at least get us on the right path to a 30-Day Career Makeover.
First off, on day one, we want to start the month with a positive attitude. Say to yourself that this is a month that will make a difference.
The Conference Board reported a couple years ago that people are growing increasingly unhappy with their jobs. This decline in job satisfaction is spread out across workers of all ages and across high and low income brackets. In 2005, only half of all Americans said they were satisfied with their jobs. This was 10% down from ten years before. In fact in the survey only 14% say they are actually “very satisfied” with their work. There is no doubt that this dissatisfaction leads to a lot of job stress.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NIOSH, a research arm of the Centers for Disease Control, defines job stress as the "harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker."
Sometimes all it takes to reduce some of our workplace stress is a shift in our attitude. Beginning the month with a positive attitude will go a long way as you evaluate the suggestions that will come in this blog everyday for this month.