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6 Career Resolutions for the New Year

Posted on 01-12-15 in: General by Sherri Buckner Seagroves, CSM

We’re already mid-way through the first month of the year and I’m still on target with my resolutions! I feel successful!! One thing my dad always taught me was to set goals and stick to them. Every December he recorded his goals on a slip of paper and placed them in his top right dresser drawer where he could quickly access them.  I knew this drawer well since it’s where he also kept his loose change.

Often times our resolutions focus on saving money and losing weight but do we take the time to consider goals for work?  It’s never too late to move your career forward but it takes focus and commitment.  Give the following goals consideration, but customize your goals to help you get to where you want to be in your career!

  1. Be on Time! Be on time for work, for meetings, for projects and with your ideas.Leaders are on time and typically arrive 15 minutes early. Stop making excuses for being late, it’s offensive to others.Take steps to determine what is making you late and correct those steps immediately. Those who are late lose credibility and those who are punctual, see it as a core value.

  2. Be ethical! Know the best practices of your job and adhere to them by bringing integrity to your job. No matter your industry or your level, be honest in all you do.Hold yourself accountable.

  3. Understand and follow your company’s philosophy, mission and goals! If you want to grow within your company, understand their beliefs and how they directly impact your job.How do you fit into the big picture? Knowing this and understanding your job’s impact, will bring you fulfillment and strengthen your purpose.

  4. Be professional! It really should go without saying shouldn’t it? But I’m always amazed at the lack of professionalism in today’s society.From dress code to the use of social media bashing your employer, we’ve crossed the line.The employee violating the dress code and browsing on Facebook is the employee who doesn’t get promoted.

  5. Professional Development! What initiatives are you taking in 2015 to develop professionally? Don't wait for your manager to hand a book to you or sign you up for a class, take the initiative yourself! Ask your manager for feedback on where you need to improve and start reading!

  6. Stay balanced! Let’s face it, most of us work to live, we don’t live to work. Make sure that you take care of yourself and stay balanced. Have fun and spend time with family and friends. Find healthy outlets to take care of yourself physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Whatever your goals, it’s important to first set a goal and second, to set initiatives on how you’re going to achieve your goals. Are they SMART goals: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely?  

It’s not too late to set your goals for 2015 and it’s ok to keep working on your goals from last year. One of mine is to stop looking in my dad’s loose change drawer! Good luck.