Happy New Year, amigas! It's 2016, and it’s time to hit the ground running. While most people make New Year's resolutions for their personal life, you should also make resolutions when it comes to your career. For all my ambitious and hard-working women, here are several career-related resolutions that will set you up for success in 2016.
Earn a Raise and/or Promotion
Key word to this
resolution: EARN. Work your butt off this year and show your boss you deserve a
raise and/or promotion. Arriving to work on time, completing projects and tasks
on schedule, working well with your team and going above and beyond on initial
requests are just a few ways to show your worth to your boss and company. When the
time is right, tell your boss why you deserve more.
Network, Network, Network!
As a career woman, you should always network. Make it a goal to continue networking within your field and outside the office, as doing so builds your professional reputation. Join a professional organization, attend conferences, and participate in Facebook groups — you never know what connections might arise. New contacts could mean new jobs in the future.
Update Your Professional Social Media Pages
While one-on-one networking is integral to your career, your online professional profiles are a major factor as well. Update your LinkedIn profile with the recent information. Became an “expert” in your field by posting career-related articles to your profile, especially ones you’ve written yourself. If you have a professional Twitter profile, send daily tweets with industry news and links to your work using career related hashtags. Your online reputation can also lead to additional opportunities that could take your career to the next level.
Find a Mentor
Whatever stage you
are in your career, you should have someone who can help guide you. Find a mentor
to give you tips and advice to move up the ladder. Former bosses, professors in your field, and even contacts at industry organizations can serve as mentors. Their personal experience and wisdom can make a big difference in your success.
Achieve a Work-Life Balance
Are you working
so much that your personal life is suffering? As the new year begins, make it
a priority to achieve a better work/life balance. Yes, there will be some days where work will take precedence, but make
sure to take some personal time as well, such as picking up your favorite hobby
again, making time to work out, or visiting family and friends during the week.
A well-balanced schedule will make a positive impact in all aspects of your life,
both personally and professionally.
Get More Organized
It’s time to clean
up your desk from 2015 and make room for 2016. Organize old emails, de-clutter
your desk, and file away paperwork. There are also numerous phone apps that can
help you stay organized such as Awesome
Note, Evernote, LFTTT, and more! A clean area and refreshed slate will help
productivity and make you a more effective employee.
Take a Professional Skills Course
With evolving technology and career standards, take a professional skills course to stay on top of the latest industry practices. There are numerous professional development courses offered via trainings, workshops, seminars, and online classes you can take advantage of to keep you at the top of your profession.
Write Out Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
Not only should you create resolutions for the new year, but you should also create a list of short-term and long-term career goals. Where do you want your career to be in one year, five years, and ten years? Make sure to actually write these goals down and keep in a place where you will constantly be reminded of what they are. Keep them in a journal by your bed or at work. Writing these goals now will help guide your actions and decisions for the upcoming year.
Follow Your Passion
Are you happy with
your current job and career? Have you been debating whether to go back to
school to pursue a post-graduate degree? This year, follow your heart when it
comes your career. If you want a career change or new job, make a move. If you
think a post-graduate degree can help your career in the long run, start applying.
Take charge of your life and career.
Completing all or most of these career resolutions will set you up for happiness and success. So before January ends, make sure to write down your resolutions for the new year. Cheers to a fantastic 2016!