2018 is nearly here! Like many people, you may be pinning high hopes and goals on this new, fresh calendar year. If learning something new to advance your career or finding a better job is on your resolution list, you’re not alone. And if you’re feeling stuck, looking for new opportunities for growth or a completely different career, there are actionable steps to make your resolution achievable. While 9% of people who made a resolution were successful in achieving it, don’t let that deter you. Bring the statistics on your side for your professional New Year’s resolutions and goals with these approaches.
Create a Plan
Think about the professional change you desire. Do you want to move into a new role or advance within your company? Learn a new marketable skill? Seek a new opportunity/career? A plan is essential to following through on your resolution. Set realistic, specific goals broken down into small steps that you can work toward every day. Set milestones and deadlines to stay focused, and celebrate your successes along the way. Here are more ways to succeed in keeping your resolutions. Seek experts such as Gretchen Rubin for building habits and to feel encouraged through your journey.
Build Your Personal Brand
Whether you are seeking a new role at your current organization, or looking beyond for new opportunities, think about the impression you want to build and incorporate it into every interaction and medium in which you promote yourself. Mediums include social media, your LinkedIn profile, Google search, resume and cover letter. The ability to verbally express 3-5 key messages about your experience and how it benefits the company with an “elevator speech” is important to have down pat.
Professional New Year’s Resolution: Carve out some time each week to work on your presence in various mediums and network with past and current colleagues. Networking can be anything from adding a valuable comment to a LinkedIn post to attending events with other professionals.
Learn a New Skill and Expand Your Expertise
To grow, you need to continue to learn and improve. And there is a multitude of resources to educate yourself for free or relatively inexpensively. Look to YouTube, Coursera and Khan Academy for online resources. Take advantage of tuition reimbursement or continuing education opportunities if your company offers them as a benefit. Want to acquire one of the most in-demand skills? Check out this list from LinkedIn, UpWork and Opportunity.
Professional New Year’s Resolution: Find a skill that interests you and will be valuable for years to come. Commit to taking a class or seek resources for learning. If your communication skills need to be improved, they have the added bonus of helping to build your personal brand!
Forge Your Own New Path
Perhaps you have an entrepreneurial spirit and you desire to be your own boss. The opportunities are endless! If you like the idea of starting your own business, but the hours and commitment don’t work with your lifestyle, starting a franchise may be a good option. At BirthdayPak, franchise owners have freedom and flexibility and a healthy work-life balance.
Professional New Year’s Resolution: Start the New Year turning your idea into a business, or look for a franchise opportunity that is a good fit. To learn more about BirthdayPak franchise opportunities, visit BirthdayPakFranchise.com, call 888-206-0083 or email Franchising@BirthdayPak.com.