Five New Year’s Resolutions for Your Career

January 11th, 2013

Every year people make New Year’s resolutions that involve changing their lives or habits in some manner. The top five most popular commitments are:

  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Learn something new
  • Eat healthier
  • Get out of debt/save money

However, this year, we think you should do something positive for your career. Here are five New Year’s resolutions that can help you get your career headed in the right direction.

Make a Career Plan for the Coming Year

You know what you want to do in your career long term. However, you also realize that it will take time to achieve. Knowing you have so much to accomplish can be daunting and may even paralyze you. Instead, break your career plan into smaller, achievable pieces.

Start by using motivational tools to help keep you on track. For instance:

  • Create a visual representation of each step and hang it in your office. Cut out pictures and phrases to make a simple three- to five-item collage.
  • Share your plan with others. When you make yourself accountable, it increases the likelihood you’ll stick to it.
  • Reward yourself for each achievement – small rewards for milestones and bigger rewards for goals.

Focusing only on the next twelve months makes the process less overwhelming and more manageable.

Grow Your Network Connections

As we noted in our previous blog, “Your Professional Network Is Your Career and Job Security,” networking is a critical component of your career success. So this year, network more. Set a goal to join a new group, attend more events, and reach out to more people.

Break Your Bad Work Habit

Like most people, you probably have a bad work habit you need to bring under control. It might be something a supervisor pointed out to you during a performance appraisal.

Perhaps you procrastinate when completing disliked tasks, lack confidence when making group presentations, or grumble too much about your boss and co-workers. Whatever area of performance or behavior hampers your career, take ownership, and lay out a plan to correct it.

Get Your Resume in Order

Even though the economy is improving, you still need to be proactive when it comes to your career. Whether you’re considering a job move, think you might be in line for a layoff, or just know the importance of being prepared; this is the year to update your resume.

That may mean doing it yourself – if you have the know-how to make it look polished and professional. Otherwise, seek out the talents of a resume expert.

Strive to be a Role Model

Mentoring is critical to every career. Mentors offer suggestions and advice, listen to your ideas and fears, and help you when you wander off track or need a gentle push to move ahead.

This is the year to mentor, and you have a choice. Take someone under your wing or find a mentor for yourself.

Making a New Year’s resolution can give you an edge in your career, and so can we. Contact Select Group today to learn how we can help you achieve your career goals.

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