If you’re like me, this is the time of year you start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions. I typically make resolutions (and some years, I get really into it and even make sub-resolutions) because I believe in setting goals and find it extremely satisfying when I accomplish something new that improves my life or well-being. Below are a few New Year’s Resolutions anyone may use to improve their career in the coming New Year.
1. Learn New Skills
Learning a new skill isn’t always the easiest, but it’s a fun way to challenge yourself and there are many opportunities at your fingertips. Don’t hesitate to ask for mentorships from a team member or colleague in another department. You may also try going online to websites like Coursera, Skillshare, or Udemy, or get involved with a local chapter of a company that is all about spreading the knowledge, like General Assembly.
If you have a skill set to offer the person you’re learning from, don’t hesitate to offer to teach your counterpart in return.
2. Revamp Resume
Go ahead and get the bangs or whichever new hairdo you want in the New Year. But what’re you going to do to your resume to make it equally attractive? There are lots of things you can do to your resume to make it appealing to potential employers. Whether it’s reorganizing how you’re delivering the content or refreshing the design, look into making a change. You can always keep a copy of your old version, but a facelift never hurt a resume.
3. Polish Your Portfolio
Just like your resume, a portfolio is a great way to not only introduce yourself to potential employers, clients, and collaborators, but to showcase your work. What can you change that will allow you to show your work in a different way? Attempt to view your portfolio with a new set of eyes and from a different perspective. If you ever want an expert’s opinion, you can always refer to our team of recruiters.
4. Network More, and Better
No one ever said that making new friends, or professional contacts, was an easy thing—but it is helpful and can be extremely beneficial to your career. Get involved with a new community that revolves around a skill or interest you utilize and entertain in the workplace, sign up for a recurring event and volunteer to assist the community, or create a networking event of your own. With platforms like Meetup.com and Eventbrite, the sky is your limit.
5. Give Back – Mentor!
In the New Year, a great resolution to make is to plan to give back by sharing your skills with someone else who may benefit from them. Take a junior teammate under your wing to teach them a few tricks of the trade or begin working with a colleague who is your equal in another department as a sounding board for career-related challenged. Everyone appreciates having an extra set of ears to bounce ideas off of, but it isn’t always easy to ask for help or guidance. Take initiative and eliminate that step by offering to help.
Next year is going to be a fantastic year and we can’t wait to see what our clients and candidates are bringing to the table. Let us know how you plan to use the above resolutions or others to catalyze your creativity and career in 2017!
Allison is a former Creative Circle Account Executive, with a background in creative writing, content writing/strategy, publishing, and business development. Her world revolves around words and the relationships and interactions they inspire. Allison is now the Content Specialist at Raizlabs, a design and development firm in Boston and San Francisco.