Committed to taking your career to a new level in 2019, but not sure where to begin? As leading recruiters in New England, Stewart Staffing knows it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. In fact, there are many small, incremental steps you can take now that will have a cumulative impact on your career in the year ahead.
Here’s a look at just 7 different resolutions to consider:
1. Expand your network.
Meeting new people inside your industry and out is critical if you want to stay connected and up-to-date on the latest trends and information. So even if you’re tired at the end of the day, make an effort to attend the cocktail hour, industry event, or networking activity. Expanding and maintaining a good network of contacts is vital to career success.
2. Learn a new skill.
When it comes to staying sharp in your career, strive to acquire new knowledge and skills. But this doesn’t mean you have to go back to school or take an overly complex approach. Simply focus on one in-demand skill this year and learn all you can about it. Enroll in a class, read books, talk to professionals who have expertise in the area, and do what you can to become an expert yourself.
3. Take on a stretch assignment.
This is simply a project or task that’s beyond your current knowledge or skill level with the purpose of stretching you developmentally. It demands you step outside your current role and comfort zone to gain new knowledge, skills and connections. Done well, it can propel your career in a whole new direction.
4. Read one new book a month.
Whether you’re a bookworm or not, committing to reading books is an excellent way to learn, grow and get inspired. Plus, you don’t have to stick to those related to your industry. Simply choose those you feel would help to refresh your knowledge base, career and life in general.
5. Track your performance.
If you’re interested in getting promoted in the New Year, it’s up to you to persuade your boss. One way to do that is to begin keeping track of all your workplace accomplishments, including customer recognition and milestones reached. Once you’re ready to ask, you’ll have the proof that you deserve a step up.
6. Ask for feedback.
Asking for feedback can be awkward, but it’s one of the best ways to advance your career. You can learn about areas where you need to improve, as well as what you’re doing right. This process doesn’t need include a lengthy conversation. Simple 15-minute touchpoints throughout the year are a great way to stay connected with your boss to ensure you’re on the right track.
In today’s world, it’s easy to become too reliant on technology and burned out as a result. If you’re feeling the pain, then commit to unplugging when you can on nights and weekends. Don’t check your email or respond to non-urgent calls and texts. Wait until the next day and focus instead on living your life and spending time with family and friends.
Need more help taking your career to new heights in 2019?
Call the experts at Stewart Staffing. As leading recruiters in New England, we can get to know your background and career goals, then match you with the right-fit opportunities at some of the top local companies. Contact us today to learn more or search our jobs in New England now.