5 months ago
For many, New Year means New Year's resolution but, if you are like most of us, it also means seeing your resolution fly out the window by the end of February, or even earlier.
Instead of setting resolutions you can't keep and which don't suit you, why don't you try to look at your career and set some measurable goals that you actually want to achieve.
Here are 12 careers goals for 2019 that will make it your best work year ever
1. Be healthier at work
Losing weight is probably one of the most common New Year's resolutions. As you spend most of your time at work, you better consider what you can do for your health while you’re there.
At TRP Recruitment some planned to pack sensible lunches, some banned the lift and now take the stairs, we even have someone who gets up and stretches every hour. You could also test out a standing desk or switch your office chair for an exercise ball.
Little things add up and can have a real impact.
2. Every day is a school day
No matter your job title and your years of experience there are hundreds of new skills you can learn that could benefit your career. Think of things you always wanted to learn or to do and set some as one of your work goals for the year and get it done. You won’t regret it. If it can enhance your work in your current job, your company might even be willing to pay for it.
3. Find and read a career-related or motivational book
No matter your job, there is a book out there that can improve your performance, your outlook, or your habits. Even if you think you already know what you need to know, reading a great book on professional development can give you a new perspective.
4. Be CV-ready
When is the last time you updated your CV? Is the information correct? Whether you are actively looking for new horizons or not, it is always good to be prepared before you lose track of the information you need. To help you to create a life-changing document, have a look at our last article: New Year: New Job but, first New CV.
5. Review and improve your LinkedIn profile
Once you are CV-ready, it will be easier to update your LinkedIn profile.
In the professional world, LinkedIn is crucial to your overall personal brand. Make sure you keep the information up to date. Check out some of your connections’ profiles and see if they’re doing anything different that positively grabs your attention. If so, tweak your page to create a similar effect.
6. Get a new professional headshot
Last but not least, it is probably time to update your profile photo on LinkedIn. Even the best CV or profile needs an accurate picture which represents who you are both personally and professionally.
7. Create new professional networking connection
Now that your CV and LinkedIn profile are up to date, it is time to use them to create new professional contacts. You probably meet people all the time, but do you take the time to talk and connect with them? By adding people to your LinkedIn connections, more interesting contacts will come to you.
8. Clear your workspace
Many of us keep in our draws tones of papers and files that are no longer relevant to our work. Take the time to clear your desk and draws to clear your mind and then, start brand new.
9. Clean out your email inbox
Just like your draws, your email inbox is probably full of useless emails. We all have some old emails we can't lose so organise and sort your emails to delete what doesn't need to stay anymore. Classifying your emails will make any research much quicker.
10. Learn to say thank you
Whether you receive gifts or cards from your clients or not, there is always someone out there who helps you out when needed and who deserves a Thank You.
A thank you letter for a gift sent for your birthday, season's greetings or holiday makes a big difference. People will remember it and might be willing to work with you again. It is also a good thing people could say about it.
11. Keep your life balanced
Work-life balance recently became a thing, and it might be something you need to keep an eye on. A well-balanced life can make you feel happier in both your private and professional life. Not having the feeling you spend your time at work will save you from the Sunday night blues and will make you feel more proactive at work.
12. Attend professional networking events
Networking events are an excellent opportunity to meet other professionals in your industry that live in your area. You get to make new connections as well as stay on top of what’s happening in your field. Of course, networking events are not comfortable for everyone, so you don’t have to attend them every week. However, it is a good idea to put yourself out there at least once a year so you can reap the benefits of these professional gatherings.