Pelham - Windham News | January 20, 2012 - 9 Is This the Year you Change Your Career?
(ARA) - When you evaluate your current situation and set goals for the future, do career goals top the list? If so it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Why not make 2012 the year you get your new career underway? If you were planning on scouring the want ads, you may have to adjust
your thinking. “If you see an ad for a position posted, it’s almost too late,” says Becky Bates, director of career services at The Art Institutes Interna- tional Minnesota. Bates suggests you tap into the “hidden job market” and get to that position before it’s posted. That means networking. “Let anyone and everyone know you’re looking for a position,” advises Heidi Nolta, assistant director of career services at The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. “Even if it’s your Aunt Sally, you have no idea who knows whom, so don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family.” “Go to networking functions that cater to your field and go alone, be-
cause you won’t be able to hide behind your friends,” adds Grace Shurley, career services advisor at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. Shurley suggests you stand or sit in the middle of the room and get out of your comfort zone, because you’re not likely to make new contacts within it. Nolta advises you to volunteer at those events, checking people in; it guarantees you’ll meet almost everyone who walks through the door. “Your goal should be to get a two-inch stack of business cards,” says Shurley. Make sure to have business cards wherever you go. If you don’t currently
have a job, have a simple business card made with your name, profession and contact information, says Shurley. And while you’re at it, make sure your LinkedIn profile is current and start Tweeting, suggests Nolta. “Follow the companies and industries you are interested in so you can get the latest information about them.” If you’re not employed, be willing to take something that may not be an ideal fit but gets you out there, advises Shurley. “And don’t be afraid to start at the bottom if you’re launching a new career; that entry-level job can open up
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(ARA) - The growing obesity rates in the United States have companies, health care workers and even the government discussing concerns about the physical and mental health effects and costs associated with weight gain. According to a recent estimate, by 2030 - in less than 20 years - 65 million more American adults may be obese. There are, fortunately, ways to reverse this devastating trend. By taking responsibility of your own health and wellness, obesity can be controlled. Start with a goal, but make it a realistic one that will have you feeling a sense of accomplishment when you achieve it, and ultimately, maintain it. The following steps can help you take charge of your weight loss, achieve
your goal and become a healthier person: 1. Create a supportive environment. Talk with your family, friends and
coworkers. Get people on your side to encourage and support you. Ask them to help you keep your goal a priority, and to provide constructive feedback when you meet difficult challenges that could potentially interfere with ac- complishing your goal. 2. Talk with your doctor. Bring your doctor on board early on to help you set a goal and ensure you make healthy weight-loss decisions. In fact, a recent study in The Lancet indicates that overweight and obese patients referred to Weight Watchers by their physician lost more than twice as much weight on average when compared to those who received only standard care. They were also more than three times as likely to lose 10 percent or more of their initial weight. Moreover, 61 percent of patients in the Weight Watchers group finished the study having lost at least 5 per- cent of their body weight (32 percent did so in the standard care group). Weight loss between 5 and 10 percent is shown to have significant health benefits and reduces the risks of diabetes and heart disease. “The Lancet study results suggest that those patients in the
study who were referred to Weight Watchers were able to be much more engaged and benefited from the intense support the weekly meetings provided and made them feel more accountable for their weight loss efforts,” says Karen Miller- Kovach, chief scientific officer for Weight Watchers Interna- tional. “This reinforces the importance of group support for long-term behavioral change and sustainable weight loss.” 3. Get moving. Being active can help weight loss and is
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a lot of opportunities,” she adds. Whether you’re employed or not, make sure you’re updating your skills,
says Bates. If new software is introduced in your industry, learn that software. Find workshops and tutorials that can help. Nolta cautions that potential em- ployers could test you on new software to make sure that you’re up to speed. “A job seeker is self-employed and the biggest mistake you can make is not holding yourself accountable,” says Bates. She suggests you make a strategic plan and map out activities for every day of the week, whether it’s a job fair, sending out resumes, researching a company or calling potential employers. “Job seekers should consider getting that job, a job in itself.”
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critical to maintaining weight loss. Find an activity that you enjoy, and begin to include it in your daily activities. Also try exploring some new activities that involve different muscle groups in your body. For example, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are great activities to try during the winter months, while exploring the pristine white countryside. And if you prefer to stay indoors, explore options in your community, such as water aerobics classes for a low-impact work out. 4. Re-evaluate regularly. As you go through your weight loss process,
re-evaluate your personal motivation, and check in with your doctor, family, friends on a frequent basis to review how you are doing in accomplishing your goal. Continue to set small, at- tainable goals such as a 5 percent weight loss. Obesity is a condition you can control, and with some help, you can successfully achieve your weight loss goals that can lead to a healthier, happier you and the start a new statistical trend for 2030.
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