A new year is a chance for new beginnings, and while many people set goals for health and fitness when the calendar turns, it is also a great time to focus on career-based goals. If you want to grow your career in the upcoming year, here are some career-based resolutions and goals to set.
8 Career Based New Years Resolution Goals
Career Resolution 1: Stop Procrastinating
Procrastination is a common problem, but it’s an important habit to break if you want to advance your career. Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Get into the habit of “eating your frogs” first thing– that is, doing the thing you dread the most. Then, it’s out of the way, and you can focus on more pleasant tasks.
Career Resolution 2: Volunteer For A Big Project
Ask to work on a project that will help you grow professionally and will look great on your resume. No projects available? Present your own idea at a staff meeting.
Career Resolution 3: Become an Industry Expert
Make sure you’re staying ahead of industry trends. Subscribe to industry blogs and newsletters, Follow industry leaders on social media and attend seminars and conferences.
Career Resolution 4: Learn New Skills
Keeping your skills sharp will help you whether you find a new job in the new year or not. You can learn new skills online, or you can take classes at local colleges or seek out seminars and intensive boot camps, etc.
Career Resolution 5: Refresh Your Social Media Profile
Now is a great time to clean up your social media presence. Make all of your personal social media accounts private, then create professional accounts that are public. Share industry content, make thoughtful observations and follow thought leaders and even hiring managers and recruiters in your niche.
Career Resolution 6: Apply For Jobs That Might Seem Slightly Out of Reach
Don’t apply for a CEO job if you’ve never even been a manager, but if you find a job that sounds amazing and you are missing one or two years of experience or one required skill, don’t count yourself out. You never know which criteria are more important, so create an exceptional application package and give it a whirl.
Career Resolution 7: Take On A Side Hustle
Nearly one-third of all workers have a side gig outside of their regular jobs. A side hustle can be a great way to earn extra money, but it is also a great way to break into a new industry or test out new skills.
Career Resolution 8: Work With A Professional Recruiter
If one of your goals is to get a new engineering job this year, the recruiters at Selectek can help. You can browse our current engineering job openings to apply online or contact us today to learn more about the ways we can help you find your ideal opportunity.