We’re speeding into 2017, so you might have already made your New Year resolutions. But how many of them will you actually keep? This is the perfect time to set some career goals while you’re feeling positive about the year ahead. Whether you’re planning on career progression or would like a new role, January is the perfect time for writing down your career aspirations. So why not bypass the usual resolutions such as the unrealistic diet and the gym membership – and focus on personal growth? Let’s face it, those lifestyle changes will be out the window by February, whereas career goals are long term.
Here at Success Recruit we love to help people achieve their personal and professional goals, so we’ve put together some New Year career resolutions to inspire you. What do you want to achieve by the end of the year?
There are loads of reasons why you don’t need to wait until your job search begins to update your professional selling tools. Keeping your CV up to date saves you a long task when you are in the job market, and you’re better at describing your role when you’re actively in it. Better still, LinkedIn is a great place for networking, and you never know who might be checking out your profile. More employers are looking for online candidates and checking out applicants on social media, so it’s worth making sure your digital CV looks good too.
To grow, you can’t sit still – you should always be looking for new opportunities to learn. What ability would be great to add to your skillset? You may be able to find an opportunity in the workplace or you may have to look elsewhere. Your boss might agree to fund a leadership course, or maybe you’d like to be multilingual so you can do business abroad. Always try and build your skillset, which improves your CV and your career opportunities.
Whatever your career goal is, stay focused on it. Try not to get distracted by office gossip or allow bad habits to creep in which affect your productivity. Staying focused is what will drive you to achieve your goals, and set you apart from the rest. Whether you’re determined to get a promotion or have your eyes set on a new job, only hard work will get you there.
Now that you know your personal goals and aspirations, you need to set a plan for achieving them. There may be certain elements of your life which are holding you back from reaching your goals, and these obstacles need to be addressed. For example, if you want to gain a qualification but can’t afford the fees, you need to find a way to save up for it or ask your company to fund it. There may be certain people standing in your way, or a lack of experience could be holding you back. Identify the obstacles and find a way around them.
Good luck for achieving your career goals in 2017.