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>> ON THE JOB activities will bring you a new perspective. 3. Volunteer. Get out there and do something new to expand your skill sets. Experiences define us. Volunteer opportunities expose us to those new experiences and build character, skills, knowledge and resourcefulness. 4. Learn something new. Associations are a great resource for gaining new ideas and information. Follow up with program speakers to learn more. Ask if they belong to organizations that provide in-depth seminars for additional learning opportunities. Employers (including your own) value employees who keep their knowledge current. And you never know where you might be able to apply that knowledge later. 5. Mentor someone. Pay it Forward is one of my favorite movies. Transferring your knowledge to an eager learner can be a very rewarding experience. You’ll learn just as much as your mentee and gain new insights on your own career. 6. Keep track of everything. Keep a record of what you’ve learned and accomplished. It can be the basis for a compelling case when angling for that promotion or raise—or it could be the tipping point if you are in the running for a job opening. True career management means investing in you, financially, educationally and emotionally. Develop an active plan to choreograph your activities in the coming year, and you’ll have a road map to making those New Year’s resolutions come true. JOB RESOLUTION BY DAWN RASMUSSEN, CMP << AH, THE NEW YEAR: A TIME TO CLEAN SLATE AND TAKE ON THE NEXT 365. It’s the perfect opportunity to embrace a new career focus. But before you look forward, step back and reflect. Consider your roots. Chances are you aren’t on the career path you planned for in college. Most people end up in their current jobs through a series of circumstances—being in the right place at the right time, knowing the right people and, ultimately, making a spectacular leap of faith. But that doesn’t mean we don’t control our careers. We can’t direct every factor that guides our employment, but we can position ourselves optimally for opportunity and be ready for change when it comes. Be proactive, aware and in the moment. Know where you are and where you want to go. That’s where real success in managing your career takes off. Here are six tips to follow in 2011 to give yourself and your career the boost you’ve been looking for. 38 1. Try something new. Expose yourself to new ideas and concepts to keep your mental gears turning and ultimately find that genius, career-changing idea or that new improvement that delivers value to your company or makes your job easier. Do some exploration. Your world will expand, and you’ll find yourself thinking more globally. 2. Meet new people. Been to an MPI meeting lately? You know the drill. The same folks cluster together during pre-meeting networking, and there is always a new or prospective member who shows up at the doorway, looking a little lost. Look for that newbie and introduce yourself. You will meet someone new and interesting and possibly cultivate a new relationship. If you really want to expand your horizons, veer offcourse into another sector. Network at a new organization and find other opportunities. Sharing ideas and challenges posed by day-to-day DAWN RASMUSSEN, CMP, is the president of Portland, Ore.-based Pathfinder Writing and Careers, which specializes in hospitality/ meeting job searches. She has been a meeting planner for more than 15 years and an MPI member since 2001. one+ 01.11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + January 2011

One + January 2011
Energy of Many
The Future is Sharing
Strategic View
Fans, Dry Ice and a $600 Extension Cord
Top Spots
Job Resolution
The Laws of Attraction
How Bazaar
What’s Cooking in 2011
Another World at Our Feet
Middle East Central
More Than Amusement
The Future Looks Brilliant
How to Develop a Virtual Event
Tales of Adventure for the Newly Independent Planner
Idea Man
Your Community
Making a Diffrence
Until We Meet Again

One + January 2011