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Chances are you spent the last 10 seconds of 2011 counting down before you burst into song! That old familiar tune about the good old days ushered in the year 2012. Happy New Year!

Counting down from ten is a simple task for me, but I usually find myself making up my own words to that Auld Lang Syne song. You'd never think this would be such a difficult task since I know every word to the extended version of Rapper's Delight! What in the world does that New Year's song mean? Auld Lang Syne has many interpretations.

Originally written as a poem by Scottish Poet Robert Burns, I believe it all has to do with new beginnings. You might consider the meaning as the idea of making a fresh start after a moment of reflection on things past. In other words, don't forget where you came from, who you met, and all that happened in the past as you move forward to a new year and all that awaits you in the coming year.

So what about this idea of New Year, New Job? What can the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne remind us as we seek new places to work in 2012?

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!"

According to Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal article, "Days of Auld Lang What?" the term Auld Lang Syne refers to "long, long ago," or "old long since," but I like "old times past" - is a song that asks a question, a tender little question that has to do with the nature of being alive, of being a person on a journey in the world. It not only asks, it gives an answer." Nicely stated. Excuse me while I press my "Like" Button!

As you search for a New Job in 2012, don't forget the people in your life that contributed to your success. Many people helped you along the way. Great lessons learned as a result of your interactions helped you develop and gain invaluable experience. Yes, maybe some of these acquaintances seem to need to be forgotten, but look at what you learned from those people. Looking back might be either a painful or powerful experience for you, but either way, you have something to motivate you as you embark on your next employment journey.

Old acquaintances - the good ones - make great personal and professional references. Think about who can speak on your behalf as a reference. Reach out to these people. Bring those acquaintances to mind so that potential employers will bring YOU to mind.

Your ability to meet new people, share your story, and make the necessary connections in order to get hired in a new job is the key. Shake some hands. Connect online and leverage the power of social media. Learn something new from someone new this year. Explore new job opportunities. Do something each day that will get you one step closer to new job success.

I hope you find that New Job and have a remarkable New Year! All the best and continued success in 2012!