For Immediate Release (for those who have not figured it out yet): 2012 has been designated as the Year of the Latino Professional. Prominent players that contributed to this selection include:
- Employers must be competitive locally and/or globally and have set significant goals for Latino recruitment, retention, and upward mobility.
- Colleges and Universities are evolving programs to address the needs of Latino students, alumni, and the companies that employ us.
- Mainstream and Latino Professional Organizations for launching more major initiatives to improve our professional growth and career advancement.
- YOU who is dedicated to your professional evolution
In the spirit of the New Year and the Year (decade or millennium) of the Latino Professional, we encourage you make career resolutions that are a combination of those that challenge you to grow, some that are easily achievable, and an anti-resolution or two. Successful resolutions are founded in results-driven S.M.A.R.T. goals which are:
The 2010 Resolution that will Rock Your World: MY CAREER IS JOB #1
This is a big, life-changing resolution. It requires that you take an active role in your career awareness on a day-to-day basis. When the "career management mentality" becomes second nature to you, you'll not only achieve your goals but will become a better, more effective and more valuable asset to your employers.
To develop S.M.A.R.T. goals and make your career a priority:
- Internalize the mantra "tu eres el arquitecto de tu propio destino - you are the master of your own destiny." Read Twelve Characteristics of Latino Career Success and Latin@Work's other job search and career management aricles.
- Take a project management approach to your career and adopt the mindset that YOU are the client or assignment. Write out your plan, assess your options, analyze your resources, and focus on activities that will help you achieve your goals.
- Define career success on your own terms.
- "Envision" your career -- one, five, ten, and 20 years out. Visualize in detail the work you do, your physical surroundings, the people in your professional circle, and the feelings you have at this stage of your career.
To be successful in your career, you must be willing to invest in yourself and take a proactive approach to career development and management. Like anything that is worthwhile, it will take action, persistence, and time. The steps to achieving your MY CAREER IS JOB #1 resolution will be discussed in detail in our next article.
Easy Resolutions that Latino Professionals Can Keep
Put the following items on your "to do" list:
- Register for and read career management newsletters when they arrive.
- Explore and join Latino professional or student organization websites to identify professional development / career management programs, services, resources, job postings, scholarships, member benefits, chapter activities, and networking opportunities. Check back frequently to see what is new.
- Actively Network in person and online to build your personal brand. Use Latino-specific social/professional networks such as iHispano.com; mainstream networks including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
- Download the resume development and interview worksheets from the Latinos@Work Blog and other career websites. Keep your resume current for employment, internal promotion, internship, or volunteer opportunities.
- Post your resume on quality Latino, diversity, professional association, industry specific and key mainstream job boards . Refresh or update your resume once per month. Use Job Agents bring targeted career opportunities directly to you.
- Participate in at least one professional organization activity. Volunteer if you can.
- Reach out to find or become a mentor.
- Save the dates of career events posted on the iHispano.com's Calendar of Events.
Read Part II Career Resolutions that have Worked for Other Latinos
Prospero año y felicidad - Murray and Rose Mary