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1) Resolve to become more proactive:
Social media is a great resource for connecting with people, but it is the most powerful when it is used to “amplify” real-world relationships proactively.  This year, get in the habit of checking a connection’s profile before a meeting.  Get in the habit of recognizing others online for work done offline.  And get in the habit of asking a common connection to make a real-world introduction.  Social Media is no longer just a passive add-on:  it’s a key tool for both communications and engagement.

2) Resolve to separate the personal from the professional
Instead of thinking that Facebook is for personal and LinkedIn is for professional, consider what you actually use these (and other) tools for.  Too often, people mistakenly think that spending entertainment time is Social Media professional time.  It isn’t.

3) Resolve to diversify your approach to Social Media
Social Media should be used for support and growth, not just job search.  In the olden days, this could only come from in-person attendance at industry events and conventions.  Today, Social Media has incredibly robust discussion groups, question and answer areas, blogs, and the like.  Growing within these communities – gaining support and providing leadership – is a long-term investment in your career.  You get the benefit along the way, and a network that will help propel your career far beyond your current job.

4) Resolve to not neglect the real world
While Social Media provides an incredible depth of opportunity – relationships, support, information – it doesn’t replace the strength of real world relationships.  Think what can be accomplished pending time, one-on-one, with a key connection at a local coffee shop.  Or think of the nuance that can only be seen when you’re face-to-face with your manager (or staff, or prospective client).  As you spend more time using Social Media, you can easily squeeze away these real-world interactions – when in fact, these interactions might be the key reason for your success.

5) Resolve to update your profiles
Just like you probably do with your old-style resume, look through all of the Social Media profiles that you have, and do a quick update.  Even those profiles that you rarely use (MySpace, anyone?) are indexed by Google and thus available.

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Randall Craig

No Year’s Resolutions

by Randall Craig on December 31, 2008

Filed in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Motivational, Time management

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Every year, do you resolve to do something special, or something different, or maybe something that you used to do? If so, then you are probably in the minority, as many people have completely given up. And those who haven’t given up, make them only to break them a month or two later: they make No Year’s Resolutions.

Yet, the concept of resolving to improve yourself is highly valuable. If you really want to keep your resolutions this year, then consider making them differently:

  • Instead of doing something for yourself, resolve to do something for someone else. When you commit to helping someone else, you don’t want to let them down.
  • Instead of committing to a huge plan of action, resolve to do one thing where you will see success within the month.
  • Instead of just thinking about your resolutions in your mind, share them with your friends and family. They can be your greatest supporters.
  • Instead of just talking about your resolutions, write them down. On your fridge, on your bulletin board, and most importantly, in your calendar. Writing your resolution down is a simple step to commitment; calendarizing the activity means that it has a decent chance of being started.

This week’s action item: Maybe for the first time in years, make a New Year’s resolution, and vow to keep it. It’s easier than you might expect, especially when you consider it carefully.

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Randall Craig

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A Different New Year’s Resolution

by Randall Craig January 2, 2007

Now that the new year is here, it is time to be thinking about all of the “resolutions” that you are going to make. For many people, the top resolution is to do something about their job: get that promotion, work on a special project, ask for a raise, achieve ‘balance’, or maybe quit and […]

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