Career resolutions for 2015
New Year’s resolutions are typically made in an effort to better one’s self. Common resolutions include losing weight, volunteering more often and saving more money.
All of those resolutions are great, but take a moment to reflect on possible career resolutions. The New Year brings opportunities to reevaluate what’s important in your career, which could have a positive effect on the rest of your life. Whether you’re looking for a job, want to grow and become more established in your career or are looking for a career change, we’ve got some resolutions for you.
For the job seeker: It’s easy enough to make a resolution to score that great new job, but how you go about your job search is just as important. Keep these resolutions in mind.
– Create a job search database. Save all pertinent job information (the company hiring, the job title, the link to the job, when you applied and followed up) and keep this list at the ready.
– Build your professional network. Resolve to connect with your profession on all levels, including speaking with the movers and shakers in your industry. While networking online and building your LinkedIn page is important, don’t forget to step out from behind the screen and meet people face-to-face.
For the career grower: Expand your professional knowledge and use these resolutions to become an irreplaceable asset.
– Continue to develop your skills and boost your employability. Create the best work possible and always be willing to learn new skills. Taking on new or challenging work will bolster your skill set and equip you with new expertise.
– Take a brain break. Sure, you love your job and your quality works shows it, but take some time to yourself. Take a vacation without your computer or rediscover your love of yoga or painting.
For the career shifter: Embarking on a career shift is a huge undertaking. When making that transformation, consider these resolutions.
– Do your research. Ask yourself why you’re changing careers or what professional life in your new career would be like and how it differs from your current career.
– Be flexible and prepare for setbacks. Remember that anything can happen during the process of your career shift and resolve to have backup plans and be receptive to change.