10 Career Resolutions for the New Year
Dan Miller: Monster Staff Writer
This story originally ran in Monster’s Career Advice Section:
Like the old saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” it’s never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions to help.
1. Pay Attention in Class
Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more productive. It doesn’t have to relate to your skills set. It may be as simple as understanding how to work with specifi c peers or emotional intelligence. Take mental notes. Don’t sleepwalk through the day.
2. Look for the Next Rung
You need to excel at your job. This is how you gain credibility. But understanding your next step is key to career happiness. Career pathing is critical to remaining engaged on the job. Schedule discussions with your manager to get clarity on the next challenge. If you don’t get it on your team or in your company, it may be time to look elsewhere.
3. Understand Company Goals
Make sure you understand how your job contributes to your company’s business objectives. Are you in a revenuegenerating role? A brand-awareness role? Is your mission to delight the customer? Knowing how your job fi ts into the big picture will give you inspiration and a sense of accomplishment — and will help you understand your job’s impact.