- Clare Warke
5 achievable New Year Career Goals
It's great to make New Year's Resolutions. They're a way for us to look forward to the New Year with optimism, a statement of how you want the New Year to be better and how you're going to do it. The problem comes when those resolutions are too generic and impossible to measure. This year, look at your career and set some measurable goals that you can actually track and achieve. Here are 5 workplace goals for the New Year that could help you stay healthier and be happier in the workplace!
1. Stay healthier at work
Everyone is concerned about health, and improving mental and physical health is one of the most common New Year's resolutions. You spend a lot of time at work, so consider what you can do for your health while you're there.
Drink more water. You may hear this tip all the time, but it can make a big difference. Start by using a water bottle and bringing it with you wherever you go - practice good habits.
Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can interrupt body’s regular eating rhythm. It also leaves you lethargic, causing you to grab something high in calories and sugar instead of a healthier alternative like fruit.
Smile more. This is always a good tip that we don’t do enough of. Smiling helps you feel more confident and good about yourself. When you’re feeling that way you’ll take better care of yourself and live a healthier life.
Snacks. If you’re trying to start eating healthier, then you know that the afternoon or evening cravings can be your downfall. Make sure to always have healthy snacks close at hand. This will help you avoid the sweet treats or junk food.
2. Learn a new skill
No matter what field you are in, there are hundreds of new skills you can learn that could benefit your career. Is there one you've been meaning to learn? Set it as one of your work goals for the year - boost your career and employability skills with Ulster University free courses. Acquire the skills most needed by NI employers now with free postgraduate and undergraduate courses.
3. Update your CV
When is the last time you gave your CV a thorough look-through and revamp? Is the style of your resume modern and still current? Is the information correct? Make it a work goal for the year to review and edit your resume. It's always best to update your resume periodically so you can remember key dates of achievements and give an accurate timeline of your career history.
4. Improve your LinkedIn profile
Did you know that two professionals join LinkedIn every second? When we compare these statistics to the likes of other social channels like Twitter, there appears to have been a real culture shift in people seeing social media as not only a means to showcase their fun, personal lives, but as a successful tool to network, connect with like-minded professionals and to grow their careers.
After improving your CV, it's important your LinkedIn profile reflects the same information, for example, same dates of employment, professional qualifications and the same job titles. How does your profile look? LinkedIn is crucial to your overall personal brand. Just like your resume, you need to keep the information, tone, and look of it up to date.
5. Gain a new Professional certification
This is a great idea for one of your work goals for the new year as it can advance your career. Just think of it as an investment in your future. You can do this!
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