Every year, you vow to hit the gym more, drop that bad habit, or finally book that trip you’ve been longing to take. But how often do you make career resolutions for the New Year?
Maybe you’ve been pining for a new job, or that big promotion. Or maybe you’d just like to enhance your skills. Whatever career move you’ve been wanting to make, 2019 is the perfect time to start making your dream a reality.
To help you get started, here are 5 career resolutions you should make on New Year’s Eve.
Performing a career check-up
Kick off the New Year by spending some time evaluating your career. Do you like the job you’re in – or are you ready to think about making a move? What about the industry or field? Do you want to get a promotion or find a new position? Are you interested in switching careers completely?
If you feel good about where you are in your career, then that’s great news. However, if you want to improve your situation in 2019, then defining your goals is the first step you need to take.
Update Your Resume
You never know when a recruiter, colleague or networking contact might request your resume. You don’t want to leave them hanging while you rush to update your resume. That’s why it’s paramount that your resume is ready to roll at a moment’s notice.
Enhance Your Professional Presence Online
Most hiring and recruiting begins on the Internet. That’s why it’s important that you have a professional, updated online presence. Start by updating your LinkedIn profile, adding any new accomplishments, responsibilities, or examples of your work. Considering that 94 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates, and 87 percent cited the social network as the most effective tool to use when vetting candidates, refreshing your LinkedIn profile is one of the most important things you can do when you’re in the market for a new job. Before you begin, check out these LinkedIn mistakes to avoid.
Other steps you can take to enhance your presence online is to upload your resume to career sites — like Monster, CareerBuilder and Indeed — or create an online portfolio or professional website that highlights your past work and accomplishments.
Attend More Networking Events
This New Year make a commitment to attend a networking event every month. Networking is a great way to build relationships with employers. Even if you’re not looking for a new job, you could meet new leads, learn about emerging trends in your industry, and establish rapport with potential future employers. There are several networking groups in Kansas City — here are just a few:
One of the largest AAF clubs in the country, AAF-KC holds multiple events throughout the year geared toward marketing and advertising professionals.
Network After Work is a national networking company with monthly mixer events. Launched in 2009, it has become the largest and fastest growing organization of its kind.
The KC Chamber of Commerce holds multiple events and networking opportunities for both members and non-members.
This networking group for young professionals holds regular happy hour events throughout Kansas City.
Develop Your Skills
No matter what your career plans are, it’s always a good idea to continually build your skills. Just because your formal education is over doesn’t mean you should stop learning. You could attend a seminar or watch a webinar, which may require a small investment, but many companies are willing to pay for professional development for their employees. Also, check your local universities to see what types of continuing education course they offer that could be beneficial to you.
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