As we come to the end of one of our most challenging years, you might be ready for a fresh start. This past year brought on unprecedented levels of uncertainty and change, and you may feel like you’ve gotten off track with your career goals. However, now is the perfect time to take a step back and set some career resolutions for 2021!
If you’re looking to start the new year with a clean slate, here are six career resolutions to set and commit to!
Update your resume
When’s the last time you’ve updated your resume? Unless you were recently looking for a new career opportunity, it’s probably been quite some time. Whether you’re looking for a new job or not, proactively updating your resume can help you set other career resolutions. Set aside an hour to add in new work experience, skills you’ve picked up, and other relevant information that could help you land a role in the future. Read also: Free Time? How To Boost Your Resume + Skillset During Quarantine.
Strengthen your personal brand
While you’re updating your resume, don’t forget to focus on your personal brand! If you have an online portfolio or use social media (both professionally and personally), make sure these resources positively reflect your brand. From quick updates to your LinkedIn profile to a simple privacy settings check, giving your personal brand some TLC is an excellent way to start the new year on the right foot. Read also: [INFOGRAPHIC] Using LinkedIn For Greater Visibility.
Learn a new skill
You may have decided that this upcoming year is the time to start looking for a new role or move up the company ladder. If so, you should consider developing a new skill as one of your career resolutions. For example, taking a class to advance your industry skills or studying for a certification exam is a great way to start the new year. Regardless of what your career goals are, you only stand to benefit from developing a new skill! Read also: Want More Career Development? Look Outside The Office.
Stay up-to-date on industry trends
This year brought on changes across all industries, and you may have had a difficult time keeping up with the latest trends. As trends continue to evolve, professional development should remain one of your top priorities! During times of uncertainty, companies need to adapt in order to stay competitive. These companies are always on the lookout for candidates who have the industry knowledge and skillset needed to help their organization grow. By keeping up with the latest trends and changes, you’ll make yourself indispensable and extremely marketable!
Organize your workspace
This year may have been the first time you’ve had to work from home for such a long period of time. With your home suddenly becoming your work office (and all the distractions that come with it), you may have struggled to stay organized this year. If so, use the first month of the year to establish good organization habits like maintaining a designated workspace, utilizing tech to help prioritize tasks, and getting rid of files you don’t need anymore. Read also: How To Get Organized At Work.
Improve your work-life balance
If you’re among the many professionals who found themselves working from home for the majority of the year, you may have had a difficult time maintaining a healthy work-life balance. If you’ve found yourself struggling to set boundaries between your home and work life, then use the new year to focus on resetting them! Some ways to do this include designating time for breaks throughout the workday, not answering work emails after work hours, and discussing options for a flexible work schedule with your supervisor. Read also: How To Avoid Burnout While Working From Home.