How are those New Year Resolutions going?

Ring a bell?

Before we delve into how well (or not) you’re doing with your resolutions, have you ever wondered where the concept of new beginnings comes from? According to history, the first people to have made resolutions were the ancient Babylonians. Some 4,000 years ago, they are said to have made promises to their gods that at the start of a new cycle they would return borrowed items and pay their debts. And so, the idea of starting afresh and settings goals that improved our well-being was born.

While noble in nature, resolutions for many of us are not always realised and this is often down to the fact that the goals we set are unrealistic. A 2007 study conducted by the University of Bristol amongst 3,000 people, showed that 88% of those who set New Year’s resolutions failed. Those who did succeed, did so by setting small and realistic goals.

If your resolutions are failing, take heart in the fact that you’re not alone, but if one of your resolutions involved finding a new job, keep the following measurable steps in mind to help achieve your objective.

Make sure that you’re ready to move on — too often we react to a situation rather than respond. Ask yourself why you’re leaving your current position? Are they sound reasons? What would you do differently next time around? And what would you like to see more of or less of at your next company?

Plan your exit strategy — the adage, don’t burn your bridges, is never more true than in business. Make sure it’s a graceful (in as much as it can be) exit and that you leave knowing your reputation remains intact. Your goal is a glowing recommendation, if not glowing, then at the very least not unfavourable.

Craft a professional image — from old school to new school, make sure you project a professional image at all times. Update your resume, make sure it includes all new skills and work experience, and make sure to tailor cover letters to suit the position in question. Ensure your social media accounts are squeaky clean and that your LinkedIn profile presents a polished picture of who you are and what you’re able to achieve.

Begin the search — the best way to start this final step is to not only tap into your current network of contacts, but also to choose the right job board. You want a job board that will help you discover exciting new career paths, help you visualise your future, someone who understands the Millennial mindset — RooCru is that job board. Create your online profile today and let RooCru help you achieve your goals.