For a lot of us this might be our first week officially back on the work grind. Itâ€™s also a blank slate, in a sense, career-wise. Thereâ€™s a whole new year in front of you and if your resolutions for 2015 only involved personal goal setting, you may want to expand your list.
â€œThe New Year brings with it golden opportunities for growth and transformation,â€ says Nicole Williams, LinkedInâ€™s career expert. â€œProfessionals now spend the majority of their waking hours connected to their work, so why not help propel your career forward in 2015 by setting realistic, actionable resolutions in January?â€
Sounds like pretty solid advice to us. Here are five career-focused resolutions from Williams to help breath new life into your 9-to-5!
1. Identify your â€œwhy.â€ Career resolutions that are kept after the month of January are those that are tied to something beyond paying the rent. Identify why you want to commit to this goal in the first place. Letting your entire professional network in on your career resolution will not only help to hold you accountable, but also help you kick it into high gear.
2. Rekindle old flames. Networking and making new professional relationships are always a do. However, you shouldnâ€™t forget about the people youâ€™ve already got some sort of connection with. â€œOne of the most overlooked tactics for reviving a stale career is reconnecting with the people you already know, but on a more intimate level,â€ says Williams. You never know how sending a quick â€œCongratulations on the new jobâ€ message on LinkedIn can open the doors for you professionally.
3. Let your appearance speak for itself. It takes about 2.2 seconds to make a first impression. One of the quickest ways of resolving to improve your career is to pull yourself together and look the part you aspire to be. Make sure youâ€™re presenting the best version of yourself professionallyâ€”a few minor appearance or wardrobe updates can make a world of difference. So go on girl: youâ€™ve got a green light to shop (within reason!).
4. Choose the right picture. Your LinkedIn profile photo is a big part of presenting your professional brand online. While that cute pic of your pup gets all the likes on Facebook or Instagram, it doesnâ€™t work for LinkedIn unless youâ€™re a veterinarian. Party pics from a New Yearâ€™s Eves past? Not the vibe weâ€™re going for here. The goal of this photo is to help others view you in the context of your professional setting.
5. Learn a completely new skill. â€œThe number one complaint I hear year in and year out isnâ€™t that unhappy professionals feel overworked, itâ€™s that theyâ€™re bored and disinterested in their position,â€ shares Williams. Sound familiar? Get things moving again by learning a new skill to make your job more challenging, not less. Not only will you be inspired to work harder at mastering this skill, youâ€™ll also be increasing your overall value as an employee. And if youâ€™ve been wrestling with a career overhaul, plot out a long-range plan. Your future self will thank you.-SELF