Keeping Your New Year’s Job Resolutions

On New Year’s Eve, a lot of us pause and think about our New Year’s resolutions for a while. But how often do you think about them during the year? It’s more than halfway through January now. Have you been following through on your new career goals? If you’re trying to perform better in your current job role, what have you been doing to achieve your new goals? If you’re looking for a new job, what have you done to find one? And how are you going to keep up your discipline as the year goes on?

Why do so many people lose interest in their New Year’s resolutions as time progresses? One reason is probably pure discouragement. It’s tough to keep working at something when things don’t seem to be working out. At the same time, you’ll never get anywhere in life if you can’t at least maintain your own personal momentum. But it’s also often that we take the wrong approach. We think that we haven’t achieved anything if we don’t manage perfection, and we forget that a lot of the things we can do right now are still steps in the right direction.

Is your New Year’s resolution to get a particular job?

If so, there are some obvious steps to take toward accomplishing your objective, and some not-so-obvious steps. An obvious step would be to keep up with professional social obligations and work on networking.

A not-so-obvious step might be to accept a job offer for a position which is similar to the one you want, but not the exact same job. Another step which might not be so obvious is to accept a job which pays less than your current position, but gets you on the right career track toward what you really want.

Maybe your New Year’s resolution concerns your current job.

Perhaps you’re hoping for a promotion, a salary raise, more responsibility, or some kind of recognition. It’s one thing to say, “This year I’m going to get a promotion,” however, and quite another to actually get one. Do you have a step by step plan for how you are going to get your promotion? Have you come up with a list of ways you’re going to become more helpful around the office and stand out from the crowd? Without concrete steps, you’re not going to be able to achieve any of your career goals in your current job role.

One more thing to think about with your goals for the new year is this:

What are your goals for improving yourself? It’s great to have concrete objectives like a new job or a promotion, but some of the most important New Year’s career resolutions we can make concern our own professional growth. Make it your goal to become a more disciplined worker, to learn a new programming language, run a new experiment, improve your writing skills, or do something else which will not only add to your professional success, but ultimately to your personal pride as well.

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