Even though January is notoriously the month for new beginnings, changing careers might not be the new beginning that you’re looking for just yet. So rather, consider setting a few specific and attainable career goals for the New Year.
New goals can revive your passion for your profession. Additionally, once those goals have been met, they can also increase your professional marketability. Here are a few ideas to consider when setting career goals for 2022.
Consider Your Professional Objectives
It’s a good idea to define your professional objectives when setting career goals. Are you hoping for more professional development opportunities to take your resume to the next level? Or maybe advancing within your current company has been on your radar for a while. Research opportunities that you have access to both inside and out of your company and consider where those opportunities fall on your list of priorities. Consider both short-term and long-term goals.
Work On Your Engagement At Work
Higher engagement means higher productivity and results. Results speak. When you have proof of your hard work, it’s easier to get to the next step. You can use that as leverage for additional training or promotion. If your boss isn’t responsive to your requests for additional training or giving you new challenges, it might be time to research employers who do offer professional development opportunities.
If you’re finding it hard to stay engaged, take inventory to find the root cause. Are you feeling bored, are your tasks too redundant, or do you have personal concerns on your mind? Then decide what can be done to be more engaged and what goals you can reach when your head is fully in the game.
Update Your Resume
Even if you’re happy with your current position and intend to stick around, you never know what challenges lie ahead. Because life––and employment––often unfolds in unpredictable ways (hello pandemic). It’s always a good idea to have an updated version of your resume on hand. Updating your resume now, rather than later, is a good way to keep up with employment dates and details that are usually elusive when you need them most.
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If you don’t already have a professional presence on social networking platforms like LinkedIn, now’s a great time to put yourself out there. Getting to know people in your industry can be an inspiration when keeping your professional objectives in sight. Plus, it’s a great way for recruiters to find you if you’re open to a job change.
As well, consider joining professional organizations that are specific to your industry. Professional connections come in handy when you’re looking for advice about career advancement or job openings.
And finally, consider making a few small touches, like cleaning out your inbox and signing up for a few blogs that speak to your profession. Even small efforts can make a big impact!
Whether you’re ready to develop the skills you have or whether you’re ready to use your skills in a new industry, Star Staffing is here to help! If you’re looking for more career advice check out these blogs!
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