It’s a new year, and for many, that means new career resolutions. Whether this involves gearing up for a job search or learning a new skill, now is the perfect time to tackle that major goal that you’ve been thinking about. And if you haven’t yet thought about your career resolutions for 2018, start brainstorming! Every new year gives you the opportunity to gain fresh perspective on your career.
If you’re feeling motivated to make a change, but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 6 career resolutions to help you launch a successful 2018:
Update your resume: Whether you are job searching or are happily employed, this is a great short-term goal to begin the year with. By setting aside an hour to bring your resume up-to-date, you can set additional career resolutions by identifying areas for improvement, discovering your strengths, and documenting your accomplishments.
Keep track of your achievements: All too often, we end our year on a negative note by criticizing ourselves for not following through on certain goals. Change this habit by making a resolution to start keeping track of your achievements. Whether you keep an Excel file, a notebook, or a blog, dedicate a space to tallying your successes as they occur so you can look back on the year positively.
Pick up a new skill: Whether you need a resume builder for your job search or would like to move up the ladder with your current employer, gaining a new skill can only help. Try setting a resolution like “take a class in X” or “attend a webinar on Y” to hold yourself accountable for your own professional development.
Stay up-to-date with industry trends: Whether you work within healthcare or accounting, there’s a wealth of information out there to keep you up-to-date on your industry. Try making a resolution to “read one blog per week” or “subscribe to an industry publication” to help you (and your employer) stay on track of industry trends.
Strive for a better work-life balance: In today’s technology-driven world, finding a positive work-life balance is easier said than done. Nevertheless, it’s important to living a happy, rewarding life. To maintain a healthy work-balance, try blocking out more time for you, setting boundaries when checking after-hour emails, and talking to your employer about incorporating more flexibility into your work schedule.
Improve your personal brand: Social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook have changed the way we connect after networking events, meetings, and interviews. As a result, evaluating and improving the way your brand is portrayed on these sites should be one of your top career resolutions of this year.