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New Year, New Career: The Power Plan for Career Success in 2017

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Americans make all kinds of New Year’s resolutions – to lose weight, to stop smoking, or spend more time with family and friends. However, one rarely hears anyone say, “I’m committed to improving my career situation this year.”

Career Success in 2017

To encourage this sort of work-related resolution, I have developed a simple six-part “Power Plan” designed to help people make the most of their job and career in 2017.

Perform an Internal Audit

A comprehensive internal audit combines an individual’s personal values, a list of adjectives outlining their “ideal employer,” and a “perfect job description” that you write for yourself. Then act on your preferences, and make the changes necessary to bring these criteria into your career!

Update Your “Job Seeker’s Tool Kit”

Every job seeker needs the core elements of an exceptional self-marketing portfolio. These include written accomplishment stories, positioning statement and departure statement, professional biography, list of references, testimonial comments, letters of recommendation, and of course your resume!

Networking — The Core of Your Search

Develop a networking contact list, positioning statement (where you’ve been professionally), a departure statement (what happened to your last job), list of targeted companies, networking meeting agenda, and request for help (access to a broader network and professional guidance – not a request for a job). Schedule one-on-one networking meetings with “centers of influence,” and attend group networking events. Become a committed collector of professional contacts!

Better Interviews Get Better Offers

Job seekers need to tell the interviewer accurate, relevant accomplishment stories about job performance and adding value. The interviewer needs to share the story of their company, describe the position in question, and explain specifically how they want you to fit into their organization. When you can skillfully align your strengths and experiences with the interviewer’s needs and problems, you will dramatically improve your odds of getting an offer!

Salary Negotiation — The Rules of the Game

Compensation is negotiable, even in this challenging economy. Perform extensive salary research and defer salary discussions until an offer seems imminent. Discuss compensation only with the person who has the authority to negotiate the salary and hire you. Commit to mastering “the rules of the game” – a game that can actually be enjoyable as well as financially rewarding!

Perpetual Career Management

Keep all your success documents up to date. Put time aside every week for active networking. Research and be aware of the competition. Always offer to help people in your network. Take leadership positions in professional associations. Consistently build your visibility and credibility through writing and speaking. Pursue additional education, training and certification when possible. Career management never stops!

In the current economy, many people are moving up in their organizations, finding excellent jobs and developing wonderful, new careers. Those who are achieving success know how to “play the game” and are fully prepared for every step of the process. Almost anyone can find career success in 2017 by consistently executing the six-step “Power Plan” outlined above.

How committed are you, and how strong is your New Year’s career resolution?


About Ford Myers

Career Success and Job Search Expert, Ford R. Myers

Ford R. Myers is an award-winning career coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. He is author of the best-seller, Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring. Ford’s firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles have appeared in thousands of publications and web sites, and he has been interviewed on every major television and radio network. Ford has also conducted presentations at hundreds of companies, associations and universities. Learn more at

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