Setting Learning Goals for Career Resolutions
The New Year is a great time for self-improvement. Along with your personal goals, include ways to keep learning to enhance your abilities, boost your job prospects and get more accomplished in your current role.
Here are small ways you can resolve to improve your career outlook in the new year.
Put planning on your calendar
Just as you have to make exercising a priority by setting time aside, you need to book planning for your future career on your calendar. Be prepared: Set aside 30 minutes of undisturbed time, have a notebook and pen on hand, and write down all the things you want to accomplish in your work-life. Do this exercise once a month to check in on your short-range and long-term goals.
Optimize your resume
When is the last time you took a deep look at your resume? In the new year, dust it off and consider ways to optimize your resume, including a video-based visual resume, syncing your resume with your LinkedIn profile, digitizing your resume and optimizing your resume with the right keywords.
Improve your communication skills
With the rise of social media and texting, communication is becoming more casual even in situations where formal communication is required. When you take a look at the greatest leaders, one of the traits they possess is the ability to communicate effectively. Start by working on listening, then find additional ways to improve communication skills .
Become a mentor
Being a mentor to developing talent can go a long way to developing your own leadership and communication skills. If you want to be a mentor, finding the right mentee is a lot like the other side of the equation. Network and talk to key people in your company about the type of person you want to be a mentor to, and be specific. You may even have your eye on someone in your company that you see potential in. Check with your alma mater about alumni/student mentoring programs you can join.
This new year, pick what is important to you and work on one thing. Once it feels like second nature, continue changing additional habits to perform at your highest levels.