Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
When it comes time to choose your costume, don’t get stuck in the past. Take a look at the latest Internet memes, think about recent movies everyone has seen, and pick up a tabloid magazine at the checkout counter. You want to be strutting Gangnam Style, not looking like the guy from The Hangover.
In the workplace, make sure your skills aren’t mired in the past. When’s the last time you took a training course or signed up for a class outside of work? Whether it’s a certification within your industry or learning the latest software, make sure you’re up to date.
This is also vitally important in regard to your salary. If you haven’t gone on an interview within the last year to get an idea of your value on the marketplace, do some online research to find out what your salary level should be. You might be underpaid and ready for a raise or promotion.