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New Year Career Resolutions

A New Year is ahead, leaving many of us in a panic to establish solid resolutions and attainable goals for the coming year. Don’t panic – there are no rules when it comes to resolutions and preparedness. Establish what is attainable for you, and remember that you don’t need to reinvent yourself – just work on improving yourself. Last year we prepared an illustrated version of top resolutions, but let’s take a different approach this year, as it is a New Year after all, and focus on how you can build your New Year career resolutions for 2015.

Invest in education

Education

Build your credentials to set yourself apart from the pack. If you show your current/potential employer that you’re embracing change and working towards enhancing your specialized skill sets, you’ll land yourself in their good books. Look into local Colleges or Universities to see if their continuing education programs offer anything beneficial to help you advance your career. Showing the initiative to better yourself for the sake of your career will show companies that you’re a force to be reckoned with. Hit the books – it’s time to study!

 

Renovate your resumeResume

Odds are your resume hasn’t seen the light of day since you landed your current role, but that doesn’t mean it should be neglected and left to collect dust until you eventually move on. You never know when opportunity will come knocking, so take the time to go through your resume and look for areas of improvement. Not working right now? Your lack of prospects could be due to the information on your resume or a lack thereof. Work towards a spotless resume with these tips to help you get on track.

 

Volunteer your timeVolunteering

A lot of companies partner with local charities and not-for-profit organizations as part of their corporate initiatives. Ask around the office to see how you can help your company charities, or go out on your own and find a local establishment that needs a helping hand. Put yourself out there and take the initiative to become invested in things outside of your daily routines. If you end up working with co-workers on a company charity initiative, this is your chance to make a good impression and show them that you can do things outside of your job description. Plus, giving back is not only good for the soul, but also a great way to add character to your resume. Putting in a blurb about your time working for a local soup kitchen shows employers that you’re a well-rounded, responsible individual.

New Year career resolutions don’t have to be momentous, high-pressure goals. Adding an extra course to your workload and working on extracurricular activities to add to your resume are a few examples of steps in the right direction towards a better career that aren’t super overwhelming. 2014 isn’t over yet – take some time to figure out where you want to be for 2015 and start planning. The world is your oyster, so get shucking!

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