2016 has been quite the year, and whether you’re prepared or not, 2017 is knocking on the door. It is almost time for us to have a fresh start, a new chapter, and a new year. A new year means a time to look back and see what worked and what didn’t work. We can then take what we’ve learned and apply it to our goals for the upcoming year. January 1st is more than just a date on the calendar, it is a symbol for a fresh start. Whether you are looking for a career change or to take the next step in your career, learn how you can start 2017 on a strong foot and make it your most successful year yet.
As you start the new year, what are you looking to accomplish? You may be asking yourself, what do you want to change? Or, what do you want to continue doing that you started doing last year? Whether you want to eat healthier, go to the gym more, decide to cook more, or meet new people; it’s important to set goals for yourself. A new year means a chance to continue developing your best self.
What are you looking to do with your career in 2017? Do you want to switch jobs or work in a new industry? Maybe it’s time to take the next step in your career? Whatever you want to do, you need to create goals for your professional life as well. Take some time to think about where you want to be and what you need to do to get there. Whether it means going back to school, learning a new skill, or applying to a job in a completely different industry. Allow yourself to have the courage to chase those goals you’ve been wanting to work towards.
Have a Plan
Benjamin Franklin once said “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” This is so true, especially when it comes to setting goals and achieving them. If you don’t have a set date that you want to accomplish a goal, you won’t have anything to work towards. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to accomplish your goals. If one of your personal goals is to run a marathon and you haven’t run more than two miles, don’t sign up for a marathon that’s in February. Be reasonable with yourself and give yourself however much time you think you need to accomplish your goals.
Write Down Everything
Write your goals down; whether that be typing them out or writing them in a journal. Use whichever form you prefer, but concentrate on making a list of what you want to get done. Have your list in a place that you will be able to easily access it, or have it written down in a place you will see it every day. Having your goals written down will be a huge help in achieving them. This is a great way to motivate yourself and stay on track.
Give Everything a Fresh Look
The start of a new year is a perfect time to take a fresh, new look at your resume. Set up your skills section, showcase your soft skills, and use these free online resources to create a more advanced resume. If you are a recent graduate or if you are going to be graduating soon, see which tools will help you make your entry level resume shine. Look at what you have, and figure out what you can do to make it better.
Recruiters are using social networks more than ever to assist with their candidate research. You want to make yourself available to recruiters and freshening up your social networks presence will help greatly with that. Make sure your profile picture on your social network platforms are recent and professional, connect with those in your industry, promote strong content, and continually update your profiles. Making these small changes can make a world of difference.
Keep Yourself Accountable
Set Reminders for Yourself
Keeping yourself accountable can be a major game changer with your goals. If one of your goals is to go to the gym on certain days, set a reminder for yourself on those days. Don’t need a daily reminder? Set a reminder for yourself a few months out to “check-in” and see how you’re doing on your goals. Giving yourself little reminders will help keep you on track as well as motivate you to get things done.
Tell Other People
While you may want to keep some goals personal, talk to people about the ones you don’t want to keep private. Confide in a coworker to let them know you want to take on a new training during the quarter or bring your lunch during the week. Talk with your close friends and family; whoever you are comfortable with and have them hold you responsible throughout the year. Having someone keep you accountable will allow them to cheer you on in the process as well as motivate a group to be there to celebrate with you when you’ve accomplished your goals.
A new year gives you an opportunity to determine your goals and see where you want to be in your career and in life. Having a plan for yourself and executing it can lead to your best year yet. Cheers to a strong and successful 2017!
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