Word is that most people gain around 7-10 pounds during the holiday season. Because of this, once the New Year rolls around, we usually focus our resolutions on our physical health. We say we’re going to join a gym or go on that new fad diet to fit back into our favorite pair of pants. However, in addition to focusing on your health this year, which is obviously important, you should also focus on the steps you need to take to further your career. Below are 10 tips to help you form your career resolutions to concentrate on for the next 12 months.
Perform a career checkup. Use the tried-and-true SWOT analysis to review your current position. What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for you, your job and your organization?
Evaluate. Are you happy with your current position and the company you work for? Do you feel like you’re in a good place, or have you stagnated and run out of room to grow? It might be time to seek a new job or even a new career path.
Set goals. Do you think you deserve a raise or a bonus this year, or are you ready to move up a level? Maybe you’re ready for a new challenge and want to work on a project that’s outside your normal skill set. Set the goals you need to achieve to make it happen.
Achieve a better work-life balance. Look at your overall schedule and make time to do something you love — and make sure you prioritize it. Find a night to coach your daughter’s soccer team or join a softball league, or volunteer for an organization close to your heart that’s flexible with their time.
Line up your resolutions. If your personal resolutions include things like losing weight or better planning your finances, make sure they align with your professional life as well. Plan to walk around the block over lunchtime, or review your 401k and stock options and make sure you’re on the right track.
Learn a new skill. What’s missing from your resume? Is there a skill you’ve always wished you had, or a class you’ve always wanted to take? There are so many options today; take an online course and tackle a new skill that will further your career.
Get up-to-date. Update your resume and work samples with your latest and greatest achievements. It’s always good to have it in its most recent version in case something comes along.
Expand your network. Make sure you're connected with friends and colleagues, especially via social media channels such as LinkedIn. You never know when those connections could lead to a future opportunity.
Reduce your stress levels. Plan to schedule and manage your time better at work. Here are 5 tips to minimize work stress.
Improve relationships. Focus on ways to better communicate and improve relations with coworkers, supervisors, team members and clients. Even the best relationships have room for improvement.
Once you form your goals, write them down. Keep them visible somewhere, not tucked away in a drawer, so they’re always top of mind. Make sure each one is actionable and measurable, and do what you have to do to make things happen. Don’t let another year pass by without meeting your goals! If one of your resolutions is to find a new career path, visit Accenture careers to see what opportunities are out there.