Updated: Jun 20, 2020
The beginning of the year is the best time to look at everything you'd like to accomplish, especially with your career. As a former Recruiter, it was well known throughout the industry that January was the start of one of the busiest times of the year. People are returning back to work after the holidays, they are energetic and eager to move forward with their new years resolutions because they want change in their lives, leading to an increased amount of people who are looking for new jobs, and that want to change their careers.
If this applies to you, when it comes to revamping your career in the new year do you know where or how to begin? Do you need tips or ideas on how to stand out from the rest of the applicants? Or, do you need clear steps on how to take your career to the next level because you feel stagnant with where you are? If that's the case are you wondering if you should take the time to go back to school, get training, or develop new skills? You may even be wondering if you should begin networking with people to get your foot in the door...what should you do?
Sometimes it's hard to know where to begin to create change in your life and career. I want to provide you with some ease and comfort to let you know that if you are in this situation you are not alone. There are so many things you can do to revamp your career and create the career you want. It's good to understand that you can be strategic with your next steps so you can be the most intentional and effective with your time and efforts.
Here are 7 steps you can take to revamp your career in the new year:
Pause and Reflect
Pause and reflect on whether you want to stay in your current role, organization, or leave.
Also reflect on what you wanted to accomplish in your career that didn’t happen, whether due to a roadblock, lack of action, timing, or whatever the case may be so you can adjust moving forward.
If you want to stay in your current role or organization
Discuss Your Wants and Needs for Your Career With Your Supervisor or Manager.
It is important to verbalize your career goals with your leader so you can plan together for your future development and so they can support you with your developmental goals.
Acknowledge Your Talents and Passions
Acknowledge your talents by understanding what you are good at or even what others see that you are good at.
Acknowledge your passions by what you love and what brings you happiness. Also pay attention to the tasks that bring you positive energy before, during, and after you complete them. These are the things you are passionate about and you should be intentional about bringing more of these opportunities in your life.
Be Intentional to Plan Your Next Actions
This will help with the decisions you make moving forward so each day you can be intentional to do one thing to help you move forward in a positive direction and take steps towards achievement!
A good way to do this is to use an Individual Development Plan. This is a tool that you can use to intentionally plan out your goals and actions using the SMART goal format. SMART is an acronym created by George T. Doran as a way to guide your goal setting objectives for personal development. The letters stand for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.
Get a Mentor
Learning from a mentor can accelerate your career by teaching you real life experiences. Depending on what you want to achieve you can get a Mentor to help you develop further in that area.
Partner with your Mentor to determine how often you would like to meet and what you would like to learn from them.
According to John Maxwell in “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”, mentors not only display professional excellence but also possess skills from which you can learn from and character worthy of emulating.
Get a Coach
Partnering with a Coach is an intentional step you can take to assist you with creating a plan of action, provide you with tools or resources, and even hold you accountable to your goals and action plans.
There are many times when people may want to make changes in their career they just don’t know where to begin and a Coach helps provides you with the direction you need to create change in your life.
Don’t wait for opportunities to come your way. Instead, create them!
A couple things you can do to help yourself create opportunities:
Ask to participate in upcoming projects.
Volunteer to assist your boss or Mentor with their duties.
Brainstorm solutions to potential or current issues in the workplace then create a task force to pilot your ideas. If your ideas work, show the progress, and see if you can get approval to move forward with your new ideas and plans of action!
If you implement these 7 tips when making decisions for your career, you will see that not only will you revamp your career, but you will also create change in your life! Best of luck and remember to do one thing each day to create the life you want.
1. Doran, G. T. (1981). "There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management's goals and objectives". Management Review. AMA FORUM. 70 (11): 35–36.
2. Maxwell, John C. (2012). “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”. (13): 212-213.