It’s the start of a new year with new hopes, new opportunities, new adventures, new goals and new plans. Along with some personal life improvements, I think it’s the best time to reset our career plans as well, giving them a whole new direction!
Use this month wisely for a clear career spike in the year ahead.
Here are the top 7 steps to take for a much healthy career in 2016:
1) Make a One-Year Plan
Write down a clear one-year plan. Be true to yourself and do not under/overestimate your potential. Be precise about your goals and objectives. You might have a plan to get a raise or move to another job. Writing it down with the steps of how you’ll be achieving it can be the right first step.
2) Get Career Advice
Contacting a career counseling service or hiring a coach may get you past obstacles. Alternatively, you may think about having a deep conversation with an experienced person you trust. Don’t be shy, everyone get stuck in career once in a while.
3) Revamp your LinkedIn Profile
Publishing an article on LinkedIn about your profession, getting to know at least 6 people who can help you get some spike in career, adding the skills that matter and deleting those that have less to do with your job hunt, are the best steps you can take. Get yourself known by actively participating in what’s hot. Give some valuable feedback, comment on posts that concern your skills and reach out to every opportunity you come across.
4) Stylize that Resume
There is nothing worse than a resume that has been badly written or stylized. Search for tips and tricks to write a good resume. Also, get your hands on an attractive resume template. Try these 275 free resume templates.
5) Practice Common Interview Questions
Consult experts or just friends and make a list of top interview questions. Learn how to answer these questions the best possible way.
6) Improve a Skill
Focus on a skill that really matter to your professional growth. This should definitely be in compliance with your personal interests. Just plan to give 4-5 hours per week for learning that skill and you’ll be off and running in no time.
7) Pin your achievements
Often times we get demotivated when we haven’t made a good achievement for a long period of time. Making a list of accomplishments, no matter big or small, can help give us a boost. The achievements may include personal, professional or academic ones. They can make us realize our true potential.
These are the minimum steps you should take to give your career a complete new direction.
Increasing your current work capacity remarkably should also be taken into account, for the reason just follow these tried and tested steps:
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