The end of the year has a habit of making us re-evaluate our lives and choices. Seriously, it’s like everyone in the world suddenly starts panicking about how they haven’t achieved what they thought they’d achieve in the past year.
It’s true, life has a funny way of throwing curveballs at you. But with a solid plan and constructive action items, you can minimize the impact it has on your personal development. If you’re not 100% happy with how your career is going, this is a good time to consider drawing up a plan for the new year!
If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got some great suggestions for you!
Create a professional brand – and stick to it!
Whether you’re looking for a new job or sticking with your existing one, it’s important to know who you are as a professional and how you want to be seen. It’s not about putting on a different face when you’re at work, but rather, highlighting the best qualities and skills you have to offer so you’re top of mind for a manager or employer.
Come up with your 3 best qualities when it comes to your work ethic and your 3 strongest (and most marketable) skills. Think about your goal – will these keywords help you get the job or promotion that you want? When you’ve found a set you’re happy with, focus on embodying these elements in your day to day work. Trust us, people will take notice!
Target your ideal employer
Already working with your dream employer? Great! If you’re not, welcome to the majority of professionals in the world. If a job hunt is in your future for 2018, it’s important to have a target in mind so you make the best move possible.
Map out what you want out of your new job. What kind of position are you looking for? What kind of workplace culture will motivate you to succeed? What kind of manager are you looking for? These questions will help you during the job hunt and help you ask questions during the interview that will reveal whether or not the employer is a good fit for your career.
Create (and edit) your online presence
If you want a fresh start for the new year, it’s probably a good idea to get your online presence in order. Explore your social media profiles and take down any posts that might be frowned upon by a passing employer or manager. And yes, managers do often Google candidates online, so it’s worth the effort!
Aside from that, consider creating a few new profiles to aid in your job search. HigherMe is a great place to start – your job seeker profile allows you to apply to tons of jobs with a single click. Furthermore, you can put your best face forward with a Video Cover Letter, which is great for making a memorable impression with employers at the application stage!
Offer feedback and take it constructively
Contrary to popular belief, giving feedback isn’t just a job for managers. In fact, the best workplaces tend to encourage feedback from all its team members! Don’t be afraid to help out a fellow coworker by giving them pointers or offer some friendly advice. If your manager is open to it, sharing feedback with them is a great way to show that you’re invested in the well being of the business and its employees.
Of course, if you’re going to dish out feedback, you have to take it as well. No one’s perfect, after all – if you’re given an area to work on, take it to heart and more importantly, take action! This shows that you’re open to self-improvement and that you’re able to take direction well.
Replace filler words with words of action
Speaking of action, the new year is a good time to break small habits that make a big impact on your behavior. When offered feedback, many people will instinctively either apologize (“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it!”) or make an excuse (“Well, I thought that was his job”).
While owning up is important, what’s even more important is the action you take after. Coming up with an immediate plan to resolve or rectify the situation shows that you aren’t just about empty words – you take accountability for your work. As they say, actions speak louder than words!
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