Career Resolutions

Did you make any resolutions this year? Maybe you want to exercise more, save money, eat healthier, etc. What about your career? Have you given any thought to what you would like to see happen in your career in 2016? A promotion? New job? Career Change? The clock is already ticking. Here are 3 steps to get started:

Step 1: Figure it out. For some people this is very clear and for others this is more difficult to define. It’s up to you how specific you want to be. For example, if you just want a new job that’s one thing, but if you want a better position, with more pay, at a top company – that may take a bit more work. Write these resolutions down. Use them your guide posts for the year.

Get creative with your resolutions. Even if you’re not planning to look for a new job there are probably plenty of opportunities to better yourself and your career, such as learning a new skill, taking some classes, getting a promotion, etc. You can also have more than one career resolution; just make sure you are being realistic.

Step 2: Make a plan. In addition to writing down your goals, you need to define and outline your plan to make it happen. Having a plan helps you really think about all the details involved with meeting your objectives. Get specific; give yourself deadlines for each step in the process. Chew off a little bit at a time. Some resolutions will take longer than others. As you hit key milestones, give yourself a little reward for staying on track.

Step 3: Stick with it. It’s very easy now to make plans and say you will do things by a certain date, especially when you have the whole year in front of you. Don’t let yourself become a procrastinator or date/deadline changer. Tell others about your goals and when you hope to achieve them. Ask friends, family or mentors to check in and see how you are progressing. Set aside time every week or month to evaluate how you are doing and make adjustments if needed.

Ultimately, it’s all up to you. So, what are you waiting for? Good luck and get going!