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December 22, 2011

New Year = New Professional Opportunities

Do you feel stuck or stagnant in your professional life? Sometimes, stimulating your brain with a new activity is all that is needed to get you moving in the right direction.

Of course, there are always professional development classes and seminars. Learning a new skill is a great resume-builder. However, if finances are a concern, here are some creative ideas for professional growth without spending a dime.

Find a mentor. Is there someone that you respect and admire professionally? Ask that person if he or she will meet for lunch every other week. Use him/her as a resource for career issues. If you have a goal in mind, ask that person to keep you accountable in working toward your goal.

Go to free networking events. Most cities have Chamber of Commerce or social marketing events. Start attending an event that is within your niche. Before you enter the room or conference center, think about more than just finding new clients. Think about possible alliances and partnerships that may be good for business.

Join a Linked-In group. Just about any profession has a professional group on Linked-In. Joining the group will provide you with a forum for questions as well as relevant information about your field.

Best wishes for a very successful and fullfilling New Year!

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