It’s that time of year again, when we think about making important changes in our lives. New Year’s Resolutions are fun to think about, but in reality, many lists are abandoned before Valentine’s Day. The key to making resolutions that stick is to keep your list short and realistic. Consider making these career resolutions to cultivate a successful 2017.
Update Your Resume in Real Time
Keeping your resume updated is important for a variety of reasons. If a recruiter calls you out of the blue with an amazing opening, you want to be able to send it off right away. Updating your accomplishments as they happen keeps your resume much more accurate than attempting to think back over the last several years in a pinch. Make sure to update your LinkedIn profile at the same time, so that you can be sure recruiters and hiring managers are seeing the most accurate details possible when they conduct online candidate searches.
Declare One Full Weekend For Disconnecting
How much time do you spend every day looking at a computer screen, smartphone or tablet? It seems we spend our entire day connected to our devices for both work and personal use. This year, plan one entire weekend to unplug entirely. Disconnect your Wi-Fi leave your phone at home, and discover a world without push notifications. If you think you can’t make it for an entire weekend, plan a trip to the mountains with a group of friends or family where there is no Wi-Fi. Unplugging can help you reconnect with the things you enjoy and will help prevent job burnout.
Learn Something New
Have you always wanted to learn how to speak Italian? Roll your own sushi? Play guitar? Study Shakespeare? Carve out time this year to learn something new that has nothing to do with your career. The time you spend in class or working on a new hobby or skill can help you approach work with new focus and energy, and you may even make some new friends and associates in the process.
Discover Your Value In the Job Market
Lots of people phone it in at work every day, going through the motions just to get things done. Are you one of those people? If you have thought about making a change but think a job search is too daunting, or you’re too nervous to take a leap, dip your toes in and learn what’s out there and discover your true value in the job market. Connect with a professional, niche recruiter in your field and let them know you’re open to change if they find the right opportunity. Recruiters can let you know what people in your field are currently earning, what the hiring landscape is like this year, and they can help you identify potential opportunities that align with your goals.
If you are a talented job seeker searching for the right new opportunity to grow your career, the recruiters at Contemporary Staffing Solutions are here to help. We will partner with you to match you with positions that align with your career goals and help you grow over time. Contact us today to take your career to the next level this year.