Make Your 2020 Career-Based Resolutions Stick!
So, it is goodbye 2019, hello 2020. It is the season of New Year’s Resolutions. Regardless of whether you skipped or staggered across the 2019 finish line, we all have an opportunity to set new goals for 2020. In fact, rather than just the tokenism many of us approach the new year, this is the perfect moment to start or restart moving your career in the right direction. Whether a pay rise, promotion, or a new job are among your career-based resolutions, the following tips may serve as useful in your quest to make 2020 the year for your career!
Are You Making the Most of the Networking Opportunities in the Office?
Make a list of half a dozen in the office to get to know better. This could mean peers, people from other departments, even your boss. Plan to set up a reminder at the beginning of each month to reach out to one of these people to meet for coffee, or better yet, a just walk. This way, you can double up your resolutions to be less sedentary during your workday. Making appoint to develop your professional relationships in the office will reap all sorts of rewards. You will feel more connected to your job, you will hear about interesting company developments that you could have been unaware of, opportunities may arise that would otherwise have been closed to you had you not opened up your social diary at work.
Now That You Have Expanded Your Network, Expand Your Skillsets!
It is important to know what your strengths are, but also look to develop areas which you perceive as weaknesses. A weakness should always be turned into strength if it increases your knowledge and is not to the detriment of others. Keep your resume updated accordingly so it is not a headache when it comes to rewriting it for new opportunities that may arise. Make sure your resume reflects the development and strategic planning of the path you are taking towards a more fulfilled career.
Think about enrolling in that professional development course you read about. You may not think its essential today, but things move fast, and you may find that one course could well change the course of your career a year or two down the line.
This is a big one. We all experience stress at one time or another in the workplace. Sometimes it is helpful to get you to finish an urgent job on time. But more often than not, it is counterproductive and is a cause for rising resentment. So, stress needs to be dealt with effectively. Ask yourself if the stress is coming from outside sources such as your supervisor, colleagues, etc., or if it is self-induced. Perhaps you are putting too much pressure on yourself. If so, step back and start with the simple things like sleeping and exercising more.
Of all career-based resolutions, this one is hard to describe a cure-all for everyone, as we all have different stress triggers and favourite ways of relaxing. Know what works for you. Maybe it is walking around the block, calling a friend, scrolling through your social media for five minutes, or breathing deeply. Do your best to fit that de-stressor into your day on a regular basis.
If You Are Truly Unhappy – Quit
Obviously, this is a huge step and not one to be taken lightly but look for tell-tale signals which show that you are not in the right job for you. If every morning is a chore and an effort to go to your job, you should start making plans for an escape! Keep your eyes open for other opportunities; don’t be put off by the current inert job market; they do arise!
Remember – Be Happy!
Make sure you get enough time for yourself, your hobbies and your body, and make sure you rest. That way you will be on better form at work. Also, always dress well; it is better to be too smart than too scruffy. Remember the importance of the image you reflect in a professional environment.
Make a note of the goals you wish to achieve in 2020. Be accountable to yourself and keep track of how things are going. By the end of the year, make sure that you have achieved or are on the way to achieving what you set out to do professionally. Do not wait for things to happen, make them happen and see everything as an opportunity. Good luck!