As one wild year comes to a close, it’s time to look forward to the upcoming new year. For many, that means looking for New Year’s resolution ideas and setting new goals. But if you’re like most people, that also probably means seeing those resolutions fly out the window before Valentine’s Day (if you’re lucky).
It’s great to make resolutions; they’re a way for us to look forward to the new year with optimism that is active, rather than passive. It’s a proclamation 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 firm, measurable goals that you can actually track and achieve. Here are five new year’s career goals that will make it your best work year ever.
New Year’s Career Goals
1. Acquire 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 and get it done. You won’t regret it. If it can enhance your work in your current job, your company might even be willing to pay for it!
2. Read One Career-Related Or Motivational Book
Reading does wonders for your mind. No matter your job, there is a book out there that can improve your performance, your outlook, or your personal habits. Even if you think you already know what you need to know, reading a great book on professional development can give you a new perspective.
3. Adjust Your Resume
When is the last time you gave your resume a thorough look-through? 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, even if you don’t plan on applying anywhere. It’s always best to update your resume periodically before you lose track of the information you need.