A new year calls for an evaluation of your achievements and resolutions. It’s a time for reflection but also for making goals and plans for the future. It’s the ideal opportunity to work out what changes you want to make, and that includes evaluating your job and career path. So, we’ve come up with eight resolutions that could make a significant difference to your career. Whether you choose to focus on one or several of them, see the new year as a fresh start; it’s the perfect time to work on your goals for 2019 and beyond.
1. Check your CV
Whether you’re actively job-seeking or not, it’s important to keep regular checks on your CV to make sure it is fully up-to-date. If your CV is poorly structured, out of date or difficult to read, it’s likely to be ignored. While you’re at it, update your social media platforms (ensuring any public posts or photographs show you in a positive light). If you’re not a jobseeker, you will reap the benefits when you eventually find yourself looking for a new role or even if you’re made redundant, because you’ll have an updated CV ready to go.
2. Get a pay-rise
If you’re happy with your current job and like the company you work for, you’re not likely to be looking for a new job. However, you should still aim to work towards a pay-rise. Talk to your manager about the next steps. Is there anything else you can do or more responsibility you can take on? They should be more than happy to give you clear targets, which then means you can put a plan into action and achieve your goal of a pay-rise.
3. Combat clock-watching
Counting down the hours until lunchtime or working out how many minutes you’ve got until home time are clear signs that you’re bored in your current role. If you’re unmotivated and uninspired, it could be time to start looking for a new job. After all, time flies when you’re having fun, and you won’t be clock-watching when you’re in a job you love.
4. Take interest in your industry
Whether you’re looking for a new job or not, you should keep your social media pages up to date, follow accounts relevant to your sector, and update your LinkedIn page regularly. If you’re not a social media whizz, why not sign up to relevant newsletters or magazines? It’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest changes and developments within your sector.
5. Network, network, network
Networking can take place in a variety of ways, from attending local business events and talks to simply connecting with new people on LinkedIn. There’s no reason not to expand your network of contacts and, even if you’re not looking for a new job right now, networking will mean you have a ready-made list of people to contact when you do want to move jobs. At a minimum, try to make at least one new contact every month.
6. Assess your work/life balance
If you’ve been skipping your breaks or find yourself looking at work emails while you’re at home, it’s time to assess your work/life balance. Everyone should be able to switch off from their work schedule, but sometimes the distinction between work and home life can become blurred. There are a number of ways to improve your work/life balance, but our main advice would be to delete any work email apps from your phone if you don’t need to check them at home, and to allocate some time every evening to ‘unplug’ and do something unrelated to your phone, laptop and social media. The ideal time to ‘unplug’ is before bedtime, as exposure to electronics and screens before bed can interrupt your sleep patterns and negatively impact the quality of your sleep.
7. Learn something new
However long you’ve been in your current job or industry, there’s always something new to learn. There are hundreds and hundreds of skills that could benefit your current role and responsibilities but also your wider career. If you’ve got one in mind, search for a local course or training sessions that cater to that particular skill. If you’re not sure where to start, talk with your manager about learning something new. Your current employer may even offer subsided training sessions, free-of-charge courses or send you to a relevant conference.
8. Take action and quit
If you feel like it’s time for a change, a new challenge or a steer in a new direction, it could be time to quit your current job. Leaving your job doesn’t mean you’ve failed; instead, it means you’re acting on your goals, making positive changes and taking action to develop your career. Having said this, don’t quit without a plan of action. Research your opportunities and have a plan in place before resigning.
Whether you’re looking for a new job or continuing to develop in a role you already enjoy and feel passionate about, Ascendant Recruitment can help you find your dream job. Wherever you are in your career, now is the perfect time to take action. Take a look at our social media pages to find out more about current job vacancies, or contact us today. Email email@example.com or call 01604 439380 (Northampton office) / 01908 200270 (Milton Keynes office).