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25 blog posts by Gary Bolles

Annual Career Checkup, Pandemic Version

It’s that time of year again, to do a quick review of your career and next steps. But the unique pandemic era requires unique thinking, so this year let’s do a little more homework.

Look back at the past year, and jot down answers to any of these questions that resonate with you.

- What were your key accomplishments and results?
- What special projects did you take on and complete successfully?
- What training or additional enrichment did you complete?
- What position(s) did I hold?
- Did you do any volunteer work?
- Did you change jobs, get a raise, receive an award or get a promotion?
- Were you tasked with new responsibilities? If so, what were they?
- Did you meet specified goals and what were the results?
- Am I happy in my job?
- Do I need more challenging projects?
- Am I ready to make a career change if the opportunity arose?
- What areas do I want to improve?
- What have I learned about myself during the pandemic?

Even if you’re not currently employed, you can still perform an annual career checkup. Think about what you have done that could contribute to your career success. Think about things like:

- Did you take any training?
- Did you attend conferences, networking meetings or seminars?
- What personal branding activities did you work on, e.g. LinkedIn profile, Twitter following, blog posts, personal website, etc.?
- Did you volunteer?

After answering these, ask yourself a simple question: Do I need to make a change?

If the answer is “yes,” we have a suggestion. Check out our brand new interactive course. You’ll have the opportunity to do a series of exercises to help you envision what the next phase of your career might be.

Give the Gift of Self-Inventory

After the holidays comes the new year, a time for many people to think about what will make the next year even better than the previous one. So why not jump in with a present that can help young and old to envision a more fulfilling future? Give the gift of self-inventory, with eParachute.

Take Me Back to the Start

Sometimes when you’re reimagining your career, it can be challenging to think about what might make you excited. Especially if you’ve been stuck in what you think of as a dead-end job, it can be hard to get a mental picture of what could be an enjoyable line of work for you in the future.

Creating a Picture of Your Next Career Step

As humans, we’re image-driven creatures. We have a marvelous ability to visualize pictures of everything from previous experiences to future activities. You can leverage that ability to your own advantage when you’re envisioning your next career step. 

To build that clear picture, it’s important to start by avoiding any thought about being realistic. When people tell you to...

Permission to Change

What keeps you from making a big change in your life? Sometimes it’s because you think you need permission from someone - maybe even from yourself.


Why do we need permission? As we mature into adulthood, we take on a variety of obligations. We often get...

Who Are You, Online?

Maybe you don’t spend a lot of time using social media. Or, maybe you do a lot, posting every day on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. Or, you could be doing something in between.


You’re probably using them more if you’re...

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