Knowing why you lost your job, determine how you can improve (perhaps you need to take a class on how to deal with difficult people). Develop a plan for finding the next job. A setback during 2005 gives you a goal for 2006.
Put your review in the form that packs the most punch. If you are a visual person, turn your year-end list into an eye-grabbing poster or collage. If you crave backslaps and hugs from the people you value most, hold a celebration dinner with friends to share each others successes. If youre a verbal type, use your list to write up a flattering newsletter about yourself, to share with family and friends or just to reread now and then when youre under the stress of current pressures (a time when we tend to forget about past successes).
Have fun. The year-end review is a way to acknowledge accomplishments and encourage yourself. Celebrating the new year with a personal year-end review may help you avoid the holiday doldrums and begin 2006 with a rekindled spirit of adventure, and a dose of energetic motivation.
Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is a recruiter, hiring strategist, career coach and speaker. On Feb. 2, 2006, Pamela will present a seminar on goal setting. For details see www.womeninanimation.org. Pamela is also available for personal consultations and speaking engagements.