Beware Of Your Career Footprint

Published: May 29, 2013
By: Faye Hollands

When you look back at your career so far, is it an epic journey laced with memorable moments and achievements that you’re proud of?  Or is it a collection of lucky escapes that you’re hoping will be forgotten fast?  Either way, the movements you make shape your resume, so if you don’t think tactically about them the chances are your career footprint will end up pretty messy…

Be Permanent

I started my Monday morning this week with a walk along the beach, and as my dog Zac raced around after his ball I had one of those reflective moments as I watched his footprints get washed away by the sea.  Here’s the thing… if you take your career for granted, and just let it happen, you run the risk of collecting moments in your professional history that are tantamount to footprints in the sea.  Collect too many of those and before you know it you have a career that’s an existence rather than something memorable and worthwhile.

In a world where reducing your carbon footprint is important, your career is the polar opposite – every one of us should be striving to create a career footprint that’s positive, permanent and one that you’re proud of.  Having a professional life that washes away so easily and quickly points to a career that’s unloved and untouched.  Sure, if your only goal is to earn money then the temporary nature of your footprint probably won’t bother you, but who really – really – wants to live a life where their career goes completely unrecognised?

You don’t have to be a career climber to care, you just need to want to make a difference – and that can be just to yourself.

Take stock for a moment and consider your own career footprint: –

  1. What have you achieved professionally that you’re proud of?
  2. Do you do things at work that get noticed?  Or are you flying under the radar?
  3. Do you go the extra mile to help? Or are you doing the bare minimum to scrape by?
  4. Are you a team player?  Or do you focus on looking after yourself?
  5. Do you spend time coming up with new ideas? Or are you happy just to do what you’ve always done?

As you answer these questions, think about the impression you’re creating, and the footprint on your career that you’re leaving.  Will people remember you when you leave, for the right reasons, or are you easily forgotten and replaced?

Whatever your answers, have a plan to create the footprint that matters most to you.

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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One Response to Beware Of Your Career Footprint

  1. Joanna

    Hello Faye, How great to read your blog posts!
    Thank you for this excellent text as always making oneself ask the right questions. Best wishes, Joanna

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