With a new year comes a new chapter for many job seekers. This presents a great opportunity for job seekers to re-evaluate their careers and create new goals for the upcoming year.
2015 is expected to be a promising year for job seekers. Wages are expected to rise and more jobs will be created, which means job seekers will have a lot more to feel optimistic about in the new year. As you think about your career goals for 2015, here are five pieces of advice you should keep in mind:
1. Remember to be yourself.
As a professional, it’s absolutely important to stick to your career goals. Don’t prevent yourself from chasing after your goals if they’re different from your friends or colleagues. By focusing on your personal career goals, you’ll make better decisions for your future.
If you’re struggling to find yourself as a professional or find new interests, take time to read books about your industry, meet with professionals in your field, and even take a class or two. When you explore your career options, you’ll discover professional interests that will help you advance your career.
2. Don’t make a career decision solely based on money.
Although compensation is the top priority for most professionals, it’s important to look at the bigger picture when applying for jobs and accepting offers. As you interview for jobs in the new year, don’t simply accept a job because it pays well. Make sure it also aligns with your values and will provide you with experience that will advance your career.
3. Avoid overworking yourself.
It’s not uncommon for the average professional to work 50 to 60 hours per week. In fact, research shows nearly half of employees work late into the evening and on weekends.
Make it a goal in 2015 to create boundaries for your work schedule. For example, once you’re done working for the day, promise yourself that you won’t check your email at home.
It’s also important to look at the obligations that aren’t conducive to your success, such as participating in an organization you aren’t passionate about. Eliminating these distractions and unproductive commitments will keep you from getting burned out in your professional life.
4. Use failure as your greatest strength.
While this might seem like odd advice, your failures can actually teach you powerful career lessons. For example, if you’ve previously failed on a project because you lacked proper communication skills, use this experience to learn how to become a better communicator. Your failures will prepare you to be a better professional in the future.
5. Value your happiness.
Many professionals think they need to put their co-workers and employer first throughout their career. Although it’s important to be selfless, you also don’t want to neglect your personal needs. When you overlook what you want out of your career, this can negatively impact your attitude, which will cause repercussions in the workplace.
For example, if you find yourself completely unhappy working with a particular client, speak up to your manager. He or she might be able to change your workload or give you the opportunity to work with another client. By simply speaking up at work, you can change your happiness without having to look for a new job.
What are career advice will you follow in the upcoming year?