Have you made your 2020 resolutions yet? A new year means an opportunity for a fresh start at work. The question now is what can you do to start the new year off right?
To this end, we have identified certain things you can do to help you start the year off right at work and know it’s not too early to start planning now.
Even if you’re not in the habit of setting career goals, make a point to identify where you are now and where you want to be at this time next year. Keep in mind: if you don’t know where you’re going, it will be tough to get there. If you want to be in a different position next year, plan how you’re going to make a change.
Document and keep track of your successes
Take stock of your accomplishments. Make a list of what you’ve done and create a forward-focused curriculum vitae and online profile to highlight them.
List new skills you will need and ensure you learn them
You’ll likely need new skills to move ahead with your career plans, so strategize about how you can get them. Talk to your supervisor to determine if there are ways you can augment your current skills by participating in new projects. You can also simply go online and search for courses that are related to your identified skills.
Manage your reputation
You’re nothing without your reputation; make sure that your reputation speaks for itself. How can you influence what other people know about you? Create online profiles in all of the networks you intend to use. LinkedIn and Twitter are all useful and allow you to post steams of information to highlight your expertise. Make sure your online profiles feature the information you want people to know about you when they Google your name.
Break out of your rut
Be honest: is it time to take on something new? If you’ve been doing the “same old” for years, now may be the perfect time to plan for a change. Have you been thinking of taking classes or volunteering for a project that could position you for a bigger job? There’s no time like the present.
Join a professional association
Professional organizations provide many opportunities to volunteer. Look for a small job to start, and plan to ramp up your involvement, especially if you have career aspirations that involve using leadership skills.
It’s difficult to go very far at work if you aren’t flexible. Try your best to be open to new ideas and new ways to do things and make a goal to try to say “yes” more than “no” at work when it comes to suggestions from your colleagues and supervisors.