Have you made your annual New Year's resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise regularly, spend more time with the family, etc.? That's fine, but how about your career?
Here, partly from National Business Employment Weekly, dated today, are resolutions to help you gain a competitive edge in the job market:
Sign up for a college course to improve professional skills, even if your firm won't pay the bill.
Update your resume so you're prepared for layoff, or opportunity. And don't tell only what you've done; tell how well you did it. That's what employers look for.
Get involved in a professional organization, subscribe to a new business newspaper or magazine, read trade publications and attend seminars on new developments in your field.
Volunteer for a project where you work, head a committee, write an article for a local newspaper or trade publication, offer to make a presentation at a chamber of commerce, YM/YWCA, etc.
Keep up your networking with regular lunches, letters and phone calls.
MID-MONTH MEMOS: "Maryland banks lent 16.6 percent less money in the third quarter of 1991 than in the same period of 1990." (FDIC report) . . . "Two thirds of Americans polled think President Bush is doing a bad job with the economy." (Louis Rukeyser's 1992 Money Guide) . . . "Economic news is very encouraging in terms of the fundamental background for acceleration in 1992." (Investment Counselors of Maryland) . . . Baltimore Security Analysts Society holds its "1992 Business Outlook" panel Tuesday, Jan. 21, noon, Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, with T. Rowe Price's Stephen Boesel, Mercantile Bank's Robert Boyd, Alex Brown's Robert Killebrew. Ask your banker or broker to take you.
READING LAMP: Fortune, Jan. 27, says that the best management books today are "2020 Vision" by Stan Davis, $22.95. ("The future painted here is so different from the present that it makes you feel like Star Trek's Capt. Kirk exploring an uncharted planet."); "The Age of Unreason," Harvard Business School Press, $18.95. ("How global competition, information technology, rise of the service sector, etc., will dramatically alter the way work is designed.") And, "The Customer Driven Company" by Richard Whiteley, $21.95. ("This practical guide sets a clear agenda for improving your customer relations, waking your organization up, etc.")
LOCAL LINGO: "George Bush demonstrates that the presidency is an impossible job; Ronald Reagan demonstrated that anyone can do it." (Caller to local radio talk show) . . . Under "Top CD Yields," the publication "100 Highest Yields" (Jan. 6) lists Custom Savings, Loyola Federal, Maryland National Bank. . . . One year ago today, with the Persian Gulf War about to explode, the Dow Jones average stood at 2,399. (For today's level see Market Watch below) . . . Alex Brown and Legg Mason are included under "Publicly traded, well-positioned, competitively managed securities brokers" in Financial World, Dec. 24-Jan. 7. . . . Black & Decker is listed under "Aggressive Investor Portfolio" in S&P Outlook, Jan. 8. . . . Our 1992 Dow Jones contest is under way, with expanded prize list; complete details appeared in Ticker Jan. 9 and will be repeated soon.