Career Resolutions

career-resolutions_blog_staff-management-SMXIt’s that time of year again, a time to reflect on the past twelve months and look forward to a fresh start in the year ahead. Many people will come up with New Year’s Resolutions, however only a few will actually have a road map in place to attain their goals. Although it is not necessary to have an extremely specific plan to reach your objective(s), it is good practice to have a rough idea of what you will need to do to get to where you want to be.

CBS MoneyWatch came up with ten excellent tips for people who seek a brighter career in 2014:

1. Learn a new skill in your field
2. Learn a new skill not in your field
3. Meet with your boss regularly
4. Revise your resume
5. Find someone a job
6. Post a copy of your objectives where you’ll see them
7. Document your accomplishments throughout the year
8. Find a mentor
9. Look for a new job
10. Be a mentor

Without reading further into these tips, a few themes are apparent; maintaining an attractive skill set, never letting yourself or others lose sight of what you want and helping others. Tips one, two and nine are indicative of the need to constantly improve and learn new things so that you continue to be an asset to employers and attain skills that are currently in demand. Tips three, four, six, seven and eight highlight the importance of reminding yourself and your career influencer(s) of your goals and accomplishments. Whether its conversations with others or personal reminders, staying aware of your objectives will prevent you from losing focus. Lastly, tips five and ten serve as a reminder to give back. Nobody gets from point A to point B without a little help from others, so pay it forward and present somebody else with an opportunity, it can be a great way to network and you’ll feel good too! You can reference the article for more information on how tips one through ten can help your career blossom.

Regardless if you are trying to enhance your career or improve your health, the one thing that this article doesn’t mention is patience. It’s rare for something to change overnight, so make sure your timeframe for reaching New Year’s Resolutions is realistic. Good luck to all in 2014.

What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2014?