New Year Resolutions That Boost Career Growth!
Welcome the New Year with career-centered resolutions! If you’re initiating a new career, graduated from your profession, or aspiring for job growth, the New Year is a great time to examine career goals and aspirations. It's time to shine professional skills and expound on your potential in the workplace!
5 Tips to Boost Career Growth in 2015:
1. Take educated risks:
Accept new tasks and projects. Taking professional risks displays flexibility, and opens greater possibilities for career growth and opportunities. Stepping out of your comfort zone, gives room for growth in the company and also in your own personal career endeavors.
2. Write down two main career goals:
Focus on two career goals you wish to accomplish this New Year. Write down your main goals, including a time frame and steps you are going to take to ensure these goals are met in a timely fashion.
For example: In the next six months I’ll have the necessary credentials to apply for Senior Management position. This month my focus will be on acquiring the necessary education, next month I will volunteer to assist other managers at work, in six months I will present my experience and educational requirements to my supervisor. Creating an outline allows for better tracking and measuring of your short-term and long-term career goals.
3. Take a vacation:
A vacation doesn’t necessarily mean a one-week trip to the Bahamas. It’s important to recharge your creative juices, and get a break from the day-to-day routine. Plan a weekend get-a-away or request some time off. Making time to revitalize promotes creativity and job performance.
4. Get to know your co-workers:
It may seem trivial to socialize with co-workers, but time invested in business partnerships is time well spend. I’m not referring to making friends during work hours, but to make an effort and connect with other co-workers. Luncheons, holiday parties, and employee events are great ways to interact with individuals at work in a friendly and professional environment.
5. Become a Time-Management Pro:
One thing that kills productivity is stress and anxiety. Life is filled with unpredictable circumstances that can influence our focus and job performance. Plan on arrive to work and scheduled meetings 10-15 min earlier than anticipated. This provides extra time for unexpected situations that may occur while commuting to work. It also lets employers and coworkers know that you value their time and your position.