With the new year upon us comes the thought of resolutions we’d like to make. For many of us they are career oriented, and there are plenty to choose from. If you don’t like your job, it’s pretty simple. You want to get a new one or perhaps move and get that promotion. However, even if you like your job there are still career related goals you should be setting, and what better time to set them than the new year? So regardless of your situation, here are a few career resolutions everyone should make for 2018.
Have a Career Check-Up with Yourself
Due to the daily grind, it can be difficult to take a step back and really think about your job. Start off this year by taking yourself out to lunch or coffee and write down how you really feel about your job and career. What do you like about your job? What do you enjoy doing? What would you change? Is this really what you want to be doing? Or is it part of the path of where you eventually want to be?
The start of a new year is the best time to evaluate all these things. If you are where you want to be and you feel good about everything, then great! But if there are things you want to change, it’s important to acknowledge them and take action on them quickly.
Update Your Resume
Although you may not be looking for a new job, it’s important to keep it updated in case opportunity strikes. You never know when a recruiter or someone you know may reach out to you about a job opening. It’s also easier to update what you’re accomplishing in real time rather than thinking back to remember all that you’ve done.
Don’t leave these updates to just your resume. If you keep a portfolio of actual work, you should keep this up to date as well as your LinkedIn profile.
Add to Your Network
While many believe the best time to network is during a job search, this is not necessarily the case. The best time is really all the time. Having a large and diverse network already set up will make your job search a lot easier. Besides, it’s a lot easier to meet people and get to know them when things aren’t urgent. They get to know you for who you really are and visa-versa.
While networking may sound like approaching someone out of the blue and introducing yourself, this is rarely the case. There are conferences you can ask your superior if you can be sent to.
Through them you can meet up with former coworkers and meet new people in your industry. Small, casual interactions like this build up over time and eventually lead to a broad, diverse network.
Working on your career is a year long process, but why not get the ball rolling in January? Here’s to continued progress and many accomplishments in 2018!