As the end of the year approaches, you may find yourself wondering what 2015 will bring and what changes you want to make in the new year. Will 2015 be the year that you find your ideal job, take the next step up the career ladder, or make a move from the role you just aren’t enjoying?
If your career is at the top of your resolution list for the new year, then take a look at our pointers to help you achieve your goals:
Where are you now? Where do you want to go?
Carefully think about your current position/situation and how happy you are with it. Consider whether you are enjoying your current field; do you want to aim for a higher position in that field, or move in a different direction? Be clear about what you want and what your goals are, so that you can plan your next steps or job search accordingly.
How are you going to achieve your goals?
Once you have identified what goals you want to achieve in 2015, you may want to start thinking about how you are going to actually achieve them. If it’s a new job search that you need to embark upon, then think carefully about your strategy, what has/hasn’t worked for you in the past and what new methods you can try. If you don’t have a plan of action then you may well have forgotten or abandoned your resolutions by February.
How are you perceived online? How do you want to be perceived?
Your social media offers recruiters and potential employers a look at who you are beyond your CV. You should consider how you are currently presenting yourself online and if is this something your employer would want to see. Adjust your profile and privacy settings accordingly to ensure that your professionalism isn’t compromised by wayward online footprints.
Are there any further, relevant qualifications that you can undertake to help progress your career or career prospects? Perhaps you’re close to finishing your qualifications and just need to give yourself one last push to achieve them and get the career you want in 2015.
Review your CV
The new year is a good opportunity for you to check that your CV is up-to-date and give it a little revamp. With such a competitive job market, it is important that the content of your CV stands out and looks professional. Don’t forget that you will need to tailor your CV to every role that you apply for, bringing attention to relevant skills and experience.
Prepare for setbacks
Don’t let setbacks become an excuse for giving up on your goals, finding a new job isn’t easy, and nor is the interview process. Stay persistent as the harder you work at a goal, the more likely you are to achieve it.
If you want to make a change or reach new goals in your career, then don’t let another year slip by without doing so. 2015 is the time to pursue new opportunities. Make your resolutions, develop a plan of action and follow it, so that you can celebrate a new career in the new year.