By: Joseph Smith
Make a Professional Resolution
New Year New Me, we hear it from all of our friends. With the New Year just starting, there are a ton of New Year’s Resolutions to save more money, travel more often, and get a gym membership (and actually go). We tend to make resolutions for our personal life but what about in our work and professional life. Here are a few work/ professional New Year resolutions you need to consider!
10 Easy Professional Resolutions
- Be on time – sounds simple, but some struggle getting to work on time, so in 2016 let’s resolve to not be tardy. No more 9:15ish...
- Get a mentor – Some of us may have them, but if you don’t, find one ASAP. I like to keep a peer mentor, someone at my level that may think a little different than me, and can help me navigate my career in a relatable manner. I also have a senior mentor, someone 2 or 3 levels above me that can help me manage my career from a more senior perspective.
- Obtain a Certification - Most career fields have certifications that signify that the holder is an expert in their field. In 2016 let’s select a certification. Study and become an expert in your field.
- Invest in Your Professional Attire – we all have enough screen tees and jeans to probably last all 52 weekends of 2016. Make a resolution to buy more work clothes so that your outside appearance matches your work ethic. Are you dressing for success??
- Network – Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know. In 2016, increase your network. You never know if business card you got two months ago may unlock the next step in your career.
- Create Your Elevator Pitch – With all the positive changes you are making in your professional life, you should be able to quickly articulate what you are about, what you bring to your team, etc. If you don’t already have an elevator pitch to sell yourself you should get one in 2016. Check out how you can Perfect Your Elevator Pitch in 3 Easy Steps!
- Join a Professional Organization – If you’re not a part of your career field’s professional organization you could be missing out on major opportunities for new jobs, training, and networking. Research and see if your career field has a professional association. Then join it!
- Snag a Leadership Role – When the opportunity presents itself, step up to the plate and take a leadership opportunity. The leadership experience gained will be invaluable.
- Participate in Team Events – Always running home right after work, instead of going to team happy hours? Make an attempt to connect with your teammates outside of the hours of 9-5. It will give you a chance to build more meaningful working relationships with your co-workers.
- Clean up your Linkedin Profile – Does your Linkedin Profile look like you took a selfie and posted it… Well if it does, take the time and get a professional headshot (come to our event in Romare Bearden) and update your work experiences. Especially if you haven’t done it in a few years
Let’s make 2016 a great year personally and professionally!
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-Joseph Smith @JSmithIII