10 New Year's Resolutions to Jumpstart Your Career

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New year, new me? Many people use the new year as a way to hit the reset button on their life and set their intentions for the upcoming year. During this reflective period, career objectives and goals often weigh heavy on people’s minds. While you’re pondering ways to jumpstart your career, whether it’s to get a new job or make your mark at the one you already have, here are 10 resolutions you can make that will help take your career to the next level.

Revise LinkedIn

LinkedIn is your online resume and is a must have for a professional. Many recruiters and employers will check out your LinkedIn and use that to recruit you for new opportunities.. Be sure to include relevant accomplishments, any articles you’re written or videos you’re on to spice it up. To really take it up a notch, get active on LinkedIn by posting statuses regularly so that you gain more exposure.

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Update Resume 

Although LinkedIn is your online resume, you still need to have an actual resume. Even if you don’t plan on changing jobs this year, the simple act of updating your resume will help you reflect on all you’ve accomplished thus far and put you in a good headspace to pursue new challenges ahead. 

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Join and Become Active in a Professional Organization

Becoming active in professional organizations outside of just going to work and going home makes you more well-rounded and allows you to network with others that can take your career to the next level.

Write Articles and Submit them for Publication

The goal of every professional should be to be seen as an expert in their field. There’s no better way to do this than to have your work published in newspapers, magazines and online. This may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not as hard as it seems. The hardest part is writing the article. Once written, shop it around to several publications. They are always looking for new content, so don’t be shy about putting yourself out there. 

Obtain Speaking Engagements

Speaking engagements are right up there with writing as a way to position yourself as an expert in your field. Once you’ve come up with your speaking topics, start reaching out to organizations and conferences that are in need of speakers to present at. When you get enough speaking gigs under your belt, you can even create a speaker sheet and submit that when you’re pitching yourself.

Craft Professional Social Media Brand

Social media isn’t going anywhere and it isn’t just for showing off your vacation pics or your cute kids. Leveraging social media to craft a professional brand is just plain smart. No need to use every platform there is, but pick one or two that you enjoy and where your target audience is most likely to engage with you and post engaging and insightful content regularly. Doing so will help position you as an expert in your field and you will be top of mind when people are looking for someone with your expertise for various opportunities.

Attend Conferences

Going to conferences is a great way to hobnob with other people in your industry from all over the world, as well as learn from the best and brightest in your field. 

Obtain a Mentor and Sponsor

 A mentor is a great sounding board for your career moves and goals. A sponsor is the person who will turn those goals into a reality. You need both on your team. 

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Be More Intentional with Networking

At the end of the day, no one makes major career moves without the help of other people. Take the time to be intentional about the people you network with. However, remember it’s not just about what they can do for you, find ways to give value and be of value as well. 

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Speak with a Career Coach

Sometimes you need to speak with an impartial third party about what your next career move should be or how to navigate from where you are to where you want to be. Sit down with a career coach and let them help you strategize the path that’s right for you.

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