Career Chick Chat Newsletter - January 2013
Practical ideas to advance your career!
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Happy January!

A new year, new opportunities, or as Oprah has been quoted as saying "another chance for us to get it right". And a new monthly Career Chick Chat newsletter! Each month will have some tips and quotes to inspire you, a short to-do list of actions for your career and a round up of the best posts on Career Chick Chat. Would love your feedback on the Newsletter so please say hello! Have a great month - Karen


What I learnt in 2012..AND what I am going to do about it in 2013

Just before Christmas I came across a quote by the late Randy Pausch, an American Professor and this kind of sums up my thoughts about 2012:  "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted"  Mmmmm. Reflecting on the year that just was - what I did get was...


5 Truths about Performance Reviews 

January. Whether this means snow, cold and long winter nights or sun, beach and bbq's(depending on your part of the world), for most people who work for organizations January means... the performance review! Different countries and companies work a variety of financial years...but January is the most common time for either an annual appraisal or half yearly review. A meeting request appears in your inbox...


Are you being paid fairly? What to do when you're not

The New York Times columnist, Maureen Franks wrote, "The minute you settle for less that you deserve, you get even less than you settled for". As someone who once experienced the 'joy' of finding out I was being paid less than my peers - I agree! It not only impacted my pay packet but my perceived 'ranking' in the hierarchy, perceptions about my negotiating ability and once I was aware of the situation, my sense of being undervalued.

Quote for the Month

With the movie Lincoln the hot favorite at every award ceremony in January, this quote from Abraham Lincoln seems a good one to ponder this month

"The best way to predict the future is to create it"

Can you do something this month to create the future you want?

Say hello!

We'd love to hear from you. Have any feedback or questions or like to contribute an article or story to Career Chick Chat? Please remember that we are out and about with clients, at the beach writing or maybe meeting with some cool folks but we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Please email us via Karen at

In this issue

Learnings from 2012
5 Truths about Performance Reviews
Are you being paid fairly?
Quote for the month
January Career Tips

Say hello!
To Do - Your January Career Actions
Popular Posts

January Career Tips 

To progress issues or resolve conflict:

Develop solution focused alternatives where everyone wins

To develop your career potential:

Network. This is not a discretionary activity!

When working in a team:

Trust the team and focus on your area of expertise

(You can use them all year!)

To Do - Your January Career Actions

1. Prepare for your performance review (if you don't have one scheduled reflect on your achievements for the last 6 months. Write them down)

2. Update your resume with your most recent achievements (saves coming back to it when/if you need it)

3. Schedule a networking coffee or lunch

Popular Posts on Career Chick Chat 

5 Fast Tips to choose the right words

12 tips for more effective emails

What to do're offered a coffee in a business meeting

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