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8. What Kind of 2010 Would You Like?

Listening to people talk about New Year, they seem to divide into those who view New Year as a loathsome time when you have to face the fact that yet another year has gone by, and those who are only too happy to bid farewell to last year, and look with optimism at the next. Whichever way you look at it, the turn from one year to the next does tend to make us think, whether it's about the year past or the one to come, and traditionally we mark that turn with resolutions. The trouble with New Year resolutions is that they nearly always entail either doing things you don't want to do (like taking regular exercise) or giving up things that you do want to do (like eating chocolate). Both kind

7. How to Make Yourself More Employable

I was recently contacted by a journalism student who was writing her Masters dissertation on careers. 'What,' she said, 'can graduates do to make themselves more attractive to employers at a time of recession?' Although she was talking about young people leaving university, who are having a particularly tough time at the moment, many of us are vulnerable during a recession, whether we're employed, self-employed or unemployed. There's less money around to buy goods and services, businesses are losing clients and closing down, and the public sector is looking forward to a swathe of cuts. So what is the favoured activity during such times? Is it knocking your CV into shape, going out t