New Year, New You : Steps for Excelling in Your Career in 2018

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2018 is officially here, and that means plenty of people are pursuing New Year’s resolutions. These personal goals can set you up for success and a healthier lifestyle.

New Goals

Many people struggle to actually stick to their resolutions. Forbes estimates that more than 40% of Americans make resolutions — that’s more than the one-third who tune in to watch the Super Bowl. But despite all those well-intentioned people, the University of Scranton research suggests that a mere 8% of people actually obtain their New Year’s goals. 

Anyone who has made a resolution can understand why, as it’s tricky to find a balance between your lifestyle changes and your responsibilities with work, school, and personal relationships.

No matter how difficult your goal may be, what matters is that you try. There are plenty of potential areas for improvement, from health & wellness to careers and family life.

When you think about it, they all go hand-in-hand. If you make improvements in one small area of your life, you should notice a change in other aspects too.

For example, someone who follows through with their resolution of getting a better job may enjoy improved financial security and motivation.

Career Change

There’s so many more reasons why career success can benefit your life. When you’re in a job role you truly enjoy and excel at, your confidence and comfort shines through to your friendships, family relationships, and hobbies.

With the majority of people needing to work to make a living, job satisfaction and career fit is an important part of life that many choose to address with their New Year’s resolutions.

According to Statistic Brain, 21.4% of Americans make resolutions about losing weight and eating healthier, while 12.3% look ahead to life and self-improvements. Only 4.1% aim to find a better job.

If you are one of those career-minded individuals who wants to find a job you can truly embrace and enjoy, this is your year.

Take advantage of the fresh start and go after your professional goals. One of the first steps to success in this area of life is to stop comparing yourself to others and focus on what you need. While many thrive in a 9-5 office setting, not everyone does. Some people prefer hands-on technical work or freelance roles.

Whatever it is you like, own it! These differences make the world go round. If everybody did the same thing, our planet would be a whole lot less productive. It’s important to appreciate these differences and be honest with yourself about what you want in a job.

Once you identify what you’re looking for in your next career move, you’ll find it much easier to obtain your goals and achieve a happier lifestyle overall.

Countless Possibilities

 With endless options, it can be difficult to pinpoint what direction you want to take with your career. Rather than think of this as a frustrating challenge, consider it as an awesome advantage that you can change paths and have such a wide range of jobs to choose from.

In the western world, we are very lucky that we can participate in so many different professions. We are not limited by poverty or war, and we should embrace our good fortune by finding careers in which we can have an impact.

Many people find that they need a meaningful career where they can make a big difference. There are government leaders, teachers, nurses, and inventors just to name a few. The list really goes on and on, and employees everywhere can change lives.

Think about the barista who whips up your coffee every morning: they greet you with a smile and help you start your day off right. In the grand scheme of things, it may not seem like much, but to you, they make a big difference.

Another key step is identifying what you want to get out of your job. If you want to contribute to innovation, a career in the technology or digital realm may suit you.

If you want to make the community a safer place, perhaps law enforcement is the best path for you. If you want to educate and lead others, teaching may be your calling.

The list doesn’t end there. If you want to have a direct on the lives of those who are struggling, perhaps you should consider working as an addiction intervention specialist, or counselor. This is a great option with plenty of room for growth, advancement and valuable contributions to society. For many, this is a richly rewarding way to help others while earning a living.

All of these are viable options to give you a rewarding mixture of being passionate about what you do, while also working toward financial stability and success. The possibilities are endless, as long as you are willing to ask yourself what type of profession will leave you feeling fulfilled, while also helping you meet your salary goals.

Networking

Whatever you decide to do, remember to be open to new learning experiences and be patient with yourself as you navigate this process. When it comes time to consider a new career path or job opportunity, never underestimate the value of networking.

Treat every single person you encounter as an individual you should get to know.

Take advantage of mixers, career fairs and info sessions — you never know who you may meet. Connected people in the industry can open doors for you that you never even knew existed.

If you’re curious about a particular field, find someone who is already established in that profession. Reach out to them and explain you are interested in learning more about what they do. Most people are happy to discuss their career, especially if it’s one they are passionate about.

It’s important to do your research. Find out what that particular job entails and how the benefits and compensation compare to the workload. Be honest with yourself when considering what you need from your next job.

Are flexible hours crucial to you? Or is financial stability your biggest concern?

Think about your ideal work-life balance, and how this new career would fit in to your lifestyle. The more prepared you are, the better you’ll feel about the changes coming your way.

Job Search

Your job search may seem daunting at first, with so many different avenues for finding work. While most people read and apply online to jobs, it’s possible to discover opportunities through word-of-mouth or a good ol’ fashioned stroll on the sidewalk.

When you’re actively searching for work, pay close attention to any prerequisites or requirements. You want to make sure your resume stands out and accurately showcases your unique skills.

It’s all about that first impression — you want to set yourself apart from other applicants. A quality, professional resume will help you navigate your job search and application process much easier.

Another must-do for anyone looking for a new career is to properly prepare for the interview. You want to be at the top of your game and ready to answer any question thrown your way.

Show off your knowledge and understanding of the role, which will give you a distinctive advantage over other applicants who seem unprepared.

As you can see, there are many important factors to consider when it comes to following a new career path or making a job change. Even though it requires planning and preparation, the benefits are boundless when you’re working in a job you really love.

According to recently released results of an annual survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, 88% of employees are “satisfied overall with their job.” 37% reported being very satisfied, while 51% were somewhat satisfied.

Be part of that top percentage. Use this New Year to find a job that fits you and enables you to achieve your goals.

Short Summary

New Years is the time for making many resolutions that encourages people to reach their goals and try new things. People make resolutions about every aspect of life, from physical fitness to business ventures and personal relationships. One common resolution is about careers and finding a job that’s right for you.

These are some steps to success for making your 2018 run smoothly and hopefully finding that career and job you wanted. It’s important to consider the wide variety of work opportunities and different sectors, and what fields would be a good fit for you.

Different fields and industries may require a variety of characteristics and experience, and you should bear that in mind. It’s also important to network, speak with others about careers you’re interested in, and make sure your resume allows you to stand out. By following these suggestions, you may find yourself enjoying a much happier and successful 2018.

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