Whether staying in a current job, or transitioning to your "second act," a new year means an opportunity for a fresh start on the work front, too.
Identify where you are now and where you want to be at this time next year. Remember, when you don’t know where you’re going, you won't get there. If you want to be in a different position next year, plan how you’re going to make the change. Use the SMART tool for creating them:
Specific; Measurable; Attainable; Relevant; Time-bound.
2. Document your successes
Take stock of your accomplishments. Make a list of what you’ve done and create a forward-focused resumé and online profile to highlight them.
If you'll need new skills to move ahead with your career plans (and most often you will...), strategize how you'll get them. Also, talk to your supervisor to determine if there are ways you can augment your current skills by participating in new projects (some ideas for that).
4. Manage your reputation
Make sure that your reputation speaks well for you. The best way to do that is to create online profiles in all of the top networks: LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ They all allow you to post streams of information that highlight your expertise. Make sure to feature the information you want people to know about you when they Google your name.
What is the outlook for your company and industry? Are jobs moving overseas? Are opportunities going to freelancers instead of full-time employees? Is your job easily automated?
Now is a good time to start thinking about the outlook for the year ahead and beyond. Be realistic and consider what action you will take if prospects aren’t promising.
6. Break out of your rut
Be honest with yourself: If you’ve been doing the “same old” for years, now is the perfect time to plan for a change. Have you been thinking of taking classes or volunteering for a project that could position you for a bigger job? Do it.
Professional organizations provide many opportunities for professional growth. Start small, then ramp up your involvement, especially if you have career goals that involve leadership.
8. Be flexible
It’s difficult to go very far at work if you aren’t flexible. Be open to new ideas and new ways to do things and make a goal to try to say “yes” more than “no” at work when it comes to suggestions from your colleagues and supervisors.
You’ve heard that networking is the best way to get ahead; take that advice to heart and make a point to expand your circle of contacts.The more people who know, like and trust you and think you are good at what you do, the better the chance of you finding and landing new opportunities in the new year.
10. Keep sight of the important things
Stop and smell the proverbial roses. If you’ve been neglecting your health, your family or friends, make a point to address those concerns in the new year and you’ll be more likely to be successful in your work life as well.
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