It’s the start of a new year and with that comes the opportunity for reflection and new goals. Regardless of where you are in your career, it’s important to take time to reflect on your achievements and prioritize your goals for the upcoming year. Here are 5 career resolutions that will get you started on the right track.
Dedicate an afternoon towards truly thinking about your career and how you feel about it. Is your current job in line with your career goals? Are you happy and being challenged enough? What are your strengths and areas that need improvement? Clarify and update your goals so you’re confident and satisfied with the direction your career is moving in. Be careful about setting unrealistic or immeasurable goals – if you want to succeed, you need a detailed plan for how to get there.
Become a Networking Star
Love it or hate it, networking should be a critical component of your career strategy. It’s a lot easier to network if you’re not ‘needing’ something (i.e. a new job), so you can focus on truly building relationships and exchanging knowledge with people in your industry. These networks are key for gaining more insight about your industry, generating leads for your business, or landing your next job down the road.
The End of Procrastination
Make this the year that you finally break away from procrastination! Complete projects as they’re assigned and not only will you feel satisfied when you finish a well-polished task, but you’ll also feel much less stressed. You might also find yourself getting involved in more projects and exploring different facets of the business since coworkers know they can depend on you to get things done. If you find yourself getting easily distracted by browsing the web, try techniques such as time blocking to keep you on track.
Be an Engager
Instead of simply following others on Twitter or perusing through articles that LinkedIn connections share, become an engager. Share and converse about industry news or any insights you’re thinking about. Build a community around your name and share your expertise and knowledge – you’ll find yourself meeting some very interesting people while also building your online brand.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a new job, spend some time updating your resume. As the year progresses, you’ll be involved in a variety of new tasks and likely forget the fantastic projects you worked on this year, along with all the things you learned. Take the time to write down these new skills so you have a reference in the future. It’ll also be great motivation to reflect on everything you’ve accomplished and learned in one year!
What are your career resolutions for the New Year? Tell us in the comments!