This is a true story as told to JustJobs Academy which houses career interviews and job search advice for professionals in any industry.Visit to read about how to get promoted by blogging the right way outside of work. I am a corporate financial officer (CFO) with a midsized manufacturing company. I’ve been with this company for nearly ten years, but I held the same position with a professional association for several years before moving to the manufacturing side of the same industry. The work I do consists of three distinct components, involving controller, treasury, and economic strategy responsibilities. The controller aspect consists mostly of reporting the company’s financial standing, essentially reporting the past. As CFO, I am the one who ultimately is responsible for the company’s financial statements. The treasury aspect of my position focuses on the present and includes investing the company’s cash in ways most advantageous for the company and its stakeholders, as well as determining what our capital structure will be and then maintaining it. Capital structure is the balance between cash, debt, equity and internal financing, and that has to be managed well to return the greatest stakeholder benefit. Finally, as CFO I also am responsible for establishing economic forecasting and strategy for the future, as they apply to my company’s business. There is one common misunderstanding about my type of responsibilities, which is the image of the “fat cat” businesses that is so common today. Since no one knows the future, we have to plan well for it. My colleagues and I strive to give our companies’ employees reasonable assurance of continued employment, not only because they count on their jobs to sustain them, but also because their employers also count on them to do what needs to be done. More than at any other time in memory, financial officers must be extremely cautious in their decisions and actions in today’s business environment. The work can be stressful, but on a one–to–ten scale for job satisfaction, I’m very nearly at a nine level. My job certainly would be easier with less economic uncertainty, but it still is gratifying. My work does indeed move my heart, particularly when I see it in light of my company’s stakeholders, especially employees. Balancing risk and stability always is a challenge.
Everyone has heard of New Year's resolutions. You know, those promises we make to ourselves about things we'll do better in the year ahead. Sometimes these resolutions work, while other times we end up with gym memberships we never use! But have you ever heard of a career resolution? It's actually the same thing as a New Year's resolution, only career-focused.
However, with something as important as a career, you don't want to break these resolutions. That's why it's important to keep these goals manageable.
Here are four simple career resolutions that are easy to stick to and achieve.
Be Self-Aware Of Where You Stand In Your CareerBigstock
Being honest and self-aware of where you are in your career is the most important step in making strong career resolutions. If your career is going nowhere and you're unhappy, then it may be time to consider a career change, which will take you down a different path entirely.
But if you're happy and in good standing with your career, it's a lot easier to set goals for the year and build out a long-term career plan.
Find A Way To Grow Your CareerBigstock
Career growth is a very broad spectrum that means something different to everyone. It could be something as simple as improving on a weakness or building on a strength. It could also be learning a new skill or taking on additional responsibilities at work.
On a larger level, it could be seeking a promotion or moving into a leadership role.
Whatever the goal is, make sure it includes growing professionally. The worst thing you can do is stay the same! If you're not growing your career, you're dying—and becoming a lot less valuable to your employer. There are always ways to upskill!
Better Serve Your Professional Network
With current colleagues, former colleagues, and other professional acquaintances, you've probably built a solid professional network through the years. A strong professional network can come in handy if you lose your job or are looking to make a career change. However, you shouldn't just rely on your network when you're in need!
It's important to find ways to offer value to your network. This could include checking in with members of your network from time to time. Exchange messages on LinkedIn to see how they're doing or share relevant content of interest. If you can help someone in your network going through a career challenge, you should!
Maintaining a strong professional network is like an investment. If you want it to pay off, you have to put some time into it and be consistent.
Take Care Of Yourself
Working on your career is hard work! It's okay to be selfish sometimes. Whether you're working to grow your career or looking for a new job, it's important to find balance.
Your family and health always come first, so make sure your career goals don't interfere with that. If you want to set aside time during the week to work on your career that's fine, but don't miss important family events or milestones.
Don't let your career goals get in the way of your health goals. Go to the gym, take a walk, or go for a jog. Balance is key to maintaining healthy career and life goals. Sometimes you just need to adjust that balance as you go.
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