New Year Goals for Your Career

Wednesday, January 12, 2022


A new year is a great time in your life to set some goals for your career, no matter how long you've been in your current field.  Not only can career goals help you grow in your career but it can help keep your job from getting boring everyday, since you have something to work towards. Here are some goals to set for yourself in your current career.

1. Ask for a Raise
If your current employer allows for individual raises (this is trickier with government jobs), ask for one.  Write up a proposal on what you do on a regular basis that goes above and beyond that should earn you more money.  Have several good examples with detail.  Look up templates for this type of thing and cater it to your personal situation.  The worst that can happen is you don't get it. But it never hurts to try. 
2.  Go for a Promotion
Whether it's in your current office or somewhere else, don't be afraid to look for a promotion, especially if you weren't successful in getting a raise.  Ensure your resume is updated and check with people on your reference list to make sure they're okay with being listed on there.  Look around for positions that are a good fit for you with better pay.
3. Get Organized
Tackle job clutter whether it's cleaning out and organizing digital files or reorganizing your work space and creating new filing systems.  This can make you feel refreshed and the new year is a great time to start it. Take this time to also make your workspace more personal. Add photos of your loved ones, cute motivational decor, and desktop organizers so that you enjoy your workspace but also find it more functional than ever.
4. Collaborate More
Make a greater effort to get to know your colleagues and collaborate on certain projects with them.  Don't be afraid to say yes to volunteer opportunities. It looks great on your resume and can get your name out there more within your organization.
5. Take Time Off
If you're one of those people that has a ton of leave but you always come up with an excuse not to use it, that should stop now. You've earned your time off so don't be afraid to use it.  Giving yourself time away from your job allows your brain to reset so you can give it more effort upon your return. 
6. Upgrade your Wardrobe
If you're wearing the same stuff year after year, consider adding some new pieces to your wardrobe or even updating it altogether.  Look for pieces that are great for everyday wear as well as some special pieces for important meetings, big presentations, or job interviews. 
 7. Contribute more
We all get into those ruts where we want to do the bare minimum.  We hardly speak up in meetings, we avoid extra tasks, and we just try to get through each day.  Make a goal for yourself to try harder 1-2 days a week by setting specific objectives, like presenting something at a meeting or  asking for feedback on a project you worked on.

It's never a bad idea to revamp your goals for your career each year so now is the best time ever to start.  What are your current career goals?

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