Oh yeah, breathe it in — A fresh new year is upon us! A clean slate. Isn’t it the best feeling?
Well, if you’re planning to make some career moves this year, you’ve got to get crackin’ on your planning.
According to a recent study by TopResume, 65% of professionals said that getting a new job is among their top New Year’s resolutions. However, less than half know how they’ll actually accomplish that goal.
As for as climbing the ladder, 30% of workers said that one of their New Year’s resolutions is to get a raise or a promotion in 2017, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.
Whether you’re trying to find a new job, make a career change, or get a promotion this year, you need to have a plan going into 2017 to help you get what you want. Here are some things you should be doing RIGHT NOW to get started.
1. Reflect on the last year.
Think about what you were able to accomplish (or not accomplish) in the last year. Taking time to reflect will help you make a game plan moving forward. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What were you able to accomplish in 2016?
- What weren’t you able to achieve in 2016?
- What do you want to achieve in 2017?
2. Get it on paper.
Once you know what you want to accomplish in the next year, get it on paper and put it somewhere you can see it.
- Write it down
- Make a vision board
- Create a checklist
- Post your goals on social media
Getting those goals out in the open where you can see them will remind you what you’re trying to achieve and keep you on track. Also, telling others what you want to accomplish (i.e. posting your goals on social media) can help you stay accountable. You said you were going to do it, people saw it, so now you need to do it!
3. Acknowledge your roadblocks.
Think about what’s holding you back from success. Be honest with yourself. What are those obstacles in your way? Fear? Disability? Lack of skills? Procrastination?
When you honestly identify what’s holding you back, you can make a game plan that pinpoints those specific things so you can overcome them.
4. Structure your goals differently.
Sometimes accomplishing your goals simply comes down to how you structure them. If you don’t get specific enough or give yourself a time-frame, you might find yourself forgetting about what you want to accomplish.
Instead, try structuring your goals more effectively using the S.M.A.R.T goal strategy. S.M.A.R.T goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-Oriented, and Time-Focused goals.
Instead of making “revise my resume” a goal, try the S.M.A.R.T goal structure. For example, you could say something like this:
“Create 1 Master Resume and 1 customized resume for the Social Media Manager role at ABC Company by Sunday night.”
This is more specific and actionable, and it gives you a deadline. Give yourself a handful of these types of goals each week, as they will allow you to get closer to your ultimate goals.
5. Buddy up, buttercup!
Want to stick to your goals in 2017? Find a career buddy! He or she can help you:
- Stay motivated
- Keep yourself accountable
- Make it fun / challenging
Similar to a gym buddy, a career buddy can help you move forward, overcome challenges, and stay accountable. Find someone within your network who has similar goals as you do and keep each other motivated throughout your journey.
6. Watch this free, 20-minute webinar.
Watch this free webinar, hosted by LinkedIn influencer and INC magazine columnist J.T. O’Donnell, to kickstart your new year the right way. Throughout her 18+ years working with job seekers, professionals, employers, and recruiters, she’s picked up some sneaky career hacks you can use to get a head start on your career goals this year. Register for J.T. O’Donnell’s “4 Game-Changing Career Hacks For 2017” now!
What do you want to accomplish this year? Make 2017 your best (and most successful!) year yet. With the right strategy, tactics, and guidance you can achieve almost anything. Cheers to 2017!
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