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New Year, New Resolutions, New Path?

Posted on 25/01/2017 by Helen Corke

If you’re not happy on the path you’re walking, here are some simple tips to help you make a change. 


Let’s face it, January can be a difficult month. After spending time with loved ones we all return after the holidays to our day to day lives and dutifully march on with another year, determined to conquer whatever challenges we have set ourselves.  


It’s cold, even in Hong Kong, and due to New Year’s resolutions, you’re probably either now booze free, on a new diet or trying your hardest to improve some part of your life for the better. It’s also a time when people have taken stock of the previous year and reflected on what was and, most critically, what could or should be happening in their lives moving forward.    


It’s no surprise then, that it’s an especially busy time of year for recruiters. We see many people coming in to discuss how they’re feeling and what options they might have. For some people it’s because they no longer feel challenged in their current role, or simply that they don’t feel happy or engaged anymore and realise it’s time to make a move.  Whatever the reasons might be, and there are many, people are more empowered at this time of year to change their paths for the better and at Charlotte Frank, we do our very best to advise them on ‘if’ and ‘how’ they should.


It’s never easy to make a change, but it is easy to make the decision that you need to. If you find yourself in this situation then below are some simple tips to help you with your decision, and support you in taking those first, vital steps towards finding your new path:


  1. Remember that the grass is not always greener.  Carefully evaluate the pros and cons to your current concerns.  If your situation is salvageable then always try to give your employer a fair chance to improve things for you as a first option.  Failing that, always act professionally when exiting any business as it’s so important to leave a good impression.
  2. If you don’t have an updated CV, take your time to write one that truly represents not only your technical skills but also your soft skills. 
  3. If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, make one.  It’s free and is a great way to showcase your profile and skills.
  4. Do your research and know what you want. Make time to meet recruiters that focus on your area of expertise.  Ensure you meet them in person and choose the ones you feel really understand what you’re capable of and that you trust.  They need to have a clear picture of what you want and your expectations of salary, so never be afraid to call or email with updated information.
  5. Ask for help. If you feel you need support with interview practice or CV writing then any good recruiter should be able to assist you as part of their service.
  6. Believe in yourself and never give up striving for what you want to accomplish. If you want something enough, then with the right actions you can achieve it. 


Wishing you all a very happy, rewarding and successful 2017!  


Charlotte Frank is an award-winning consultancy specialising in the recruitment of business support, secretarial and administrative professionals, across all industries. If you would like to discuss any of the points above or get help you with your career path, please get in touch at 

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