As 2018 draws to a close, it's a good time to reflect on your career. It's also an ideal time to think ahead for how you can improve in 2019. Check out five career resolutions for 2019 that can take your professional life to new heights.
1. Move Up the Corporate Ladder
Moving up in your career doesn't necessarily mean finding a new job. Instead, try earning a promotion at your current company. Discuss opportunities for promotion with your supervisor to find out what types of jobs are available. Then, consider taking on more responsibilities, attending company-sponsored training or developing your own set of skills to excel to a higher position.
2. Develop Your Network
Nurture your business relationships, moving beyond Facebook and LinkedIn. Reach out to members of your current network via email or by phone, or offer to meet for lunch or a quick conversation over coffee. Not every connection you make turns into a career opportunity, but you never know when someone in your network can help you land your dream job.
3. Take More Risks
New opportunities are likely to occur if you step outside of your comfort zone, so don't be afraid to take risks. Think about taking on new duties in your current position, working at a part-time job in a different career field, or freelancing to expand your income or build a business. Start small with this career resolution, and continue to take risks over the course of your career.
4. Alleviate Stress
Stress at work can interfere with your career resolutions, but it can also damage your health and well-being. Try to minimize stressed and focus more on self-care in 2019. Enjoy a new hobby that you find intriguing and life-affirming. Get plenty of sleep at night to ensure you wake up refreshed each morning and ready to take on the day. Exercise more to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Herbal teas, breathing exercises, yoga and music can also help you relax and alleviate stress. These things also make life more enjoyable overall. Find out what works best for you in terms of reducing stress, and stick with it.
5. Be More Accountable
The number one reason career resolutions fail is a lack of accountability. Resolve to hold yourself accountable to these resolutions in 2019. Set reasonable goals for yourself to increase your chances of success. Share your goals with a friend, close colleague or family member who will encourage you to stick to your personal and career goals throughout 2019 and beyond.
These career resolutions for 2019 can help elevate and edify your career, since doing little things now can pay big dividends later. What career resolutions do you have in store for the coming year?
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