Setting Yourself up for Success - Workplace Goals for the New Year
To give yourself the best chance of achieving your career goals, there are many steps you can take in your professional development to increase your chances of scaling the career ladder. Here are some goals and achievable aspirations you can set yourself as new year career resolutions that will put you in a better position when you start applying for new jobs.
Learn a New Skill
A critical component for continued development and workplace progression, learning new skills over the course of your professional journey can be your entryway to a better role. Whatever you do for your profession, there are likely to be a myriad of new skills you can explore to help better your existing abilities and benefit your current role.
What's more, learning a new skill can also provide you with increased confidence which, in turn, can help lead to new opportunities.
Gain a Qualification
Gaining a qualification can have a big impact on your value within a company and increase your standing amongst your peers dramatically. While professional qualifications do typically cost money to attain, they can be well worth the investment and pay for themselves in spades down the line. What's more, continuing your education as your career progresses shows potential employers that you are still eager to learn and strive to be your very best.
Revamp Your CV
Staying on top of your resume periodically is a great way to ensure you don't miss out important areas of information, such as key responsibilities, new qualifications and notable achievements. Give your CV a facelift and play around with the layout to help give your CV a look that fits today's recruitment preferences and includes accurate, up-to-date info.
Networking is a great way to meet people and expand your professional circle outside of your immediate employment. Connections made through networking events can prove pivotal down the line, with the ability to forge and strengthen business relationships, broker deals and even provide job opportunities.
Networking events are also a great way to keep on top of your industry and stay abreast of all the latest happenings within your professional sphere, along with who the key players and influential figures may be.
Ask For Feedback
It can be disheartening when you don’t get a position you wanted, but even an unsuccessful job application can be valuable if you're able to learn from it and do better next time. If a prospective employer tells you that you didn't get the job, thank them for their time and ask them if they would be willing to provide any feedback. For example:
- Did your answers leave something to be desired?
- Could you have dressed more appropriately for the interview?
- Was it simply a question of experience?
You can't control every aspect of your job application, but constructive feedback can give you a better idea of what employers are looking for and how to present yourself in the best possible way. You can take this feedback and carry it forwards to your next interview, and who knows, that feedback could help you ace the next interview!
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