Kick start your career in 2019 with these New Year’s resolutions.
Happy 2019! If you’re looking for a new job, or to improve your career this New Year, there are a few things you should be doing to make things happen.
Yes, resolutions are a bit cliché. But there’s a reason we make them. The New Year is a great time to implement the changes we’ve all been meaning to make, and an opportunity to focus on the actions that can help propel us forward.
Here are 12 actions you can take, or resolutions you should make, to get ahead in your career in 2019.
Tailor your resume to every job
Stop sending out the same resume for every job and then complaining that you’ve applied to 75 jobs and haven’t gotten one interview. (You haven’t gotten any interviews because you send out the same resume for every job.) Make your resume job specific and this will change.
Update your LinkedIn
Give your LinkedIn a New Year’s cleaning. Make sure everything is up to date, add jobs, remove unnecessary items, and fill gaps. Does your picture need refreshing? Take some time for this. It matters.
Get active on social media
Social media isn’t just a time waster for procrastinating, selfie posting narcissists. It’s a genuinely valuable tool that can help you make valuable connections, promote yourself, and find a job. Use it.
Expand your network
Make five new connections every week. Find people with whom you have something in common and add them to your network.
Actually connect with people
Rather than just adding them to a list on a social media network, make an actual connection with these new people. Have a conversation, ask a question, get advice, go for coffee, offer help in some way if it’s called for.
Commit to learning
Learn a new language, read books that can teach you something, attend workshops, take webinars, take online courses. Learn, learn, learn, and then learn some more. This is literally the only way to stay competitive in the current expanding and contracting employment universe.
Lots of us find getting out of the house and going places difficult. Do it anyway. Attend as many things that you get invited to as you can. Meet people. Socialize. Get out there. You can’t get ahead by never leaving the house. Well, maybe you can, but it’s harder.
Manage your time
Learn to use your time wisely. Try an app like Rescue Time, that tracks how you spend your minutes and hours, to see where you’re wasting time and help you be more productive. Stop frittering hours away, and actually get things done.
Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask your friends to help you find a job if this is what you need. People are often willing to help, and each of us can be a valuable resource for someone else. Don’t you know about jobs out there that don’t suit you but might suit one of your friends? We can provide insight, introductions, and just general support for each other.
Research the company
Never apply for a job or go into an interview unprepared again. Research the company you’re applying to. Learn what they do, who works there, and what the workplace culture is like. People are always impressed when you take the time to do your research. This will help you.
Define your goals
It’s easier to get where you’re going if you know where that is. Rather than just applying for 100 random jobs, figure out exactly what you want to do, and find that job. Also think about where you want to be five years from now, and how you will get there.
Make a point of following up with a thank you note after every interview. Many people skip this step but it’s an important one. It’s the polite thing to do, it makes a good impression, and it will remind the interviewer who you are after they’ve spent the day interviewing people.
Even if you start doing just some of these, your career will improve. Do them all, and you’ll be much better off.
Make 2019 your best year yet.