2019 is fast approaching. At this time, it might be a good idea to start reviewing your career goals for the next year to see where you’re at. Did you meet your goals? If not, how far behind are you?
As we get ready to enter into 2019, it might be a good idea to start mapping out measures you can take to give yourself a career boost in 2019. The following five actions will position you to have a more successful career in 2019:
1. Attend Conferences Related to Your Job/Role
One of the most effective ways to position yourself for better career opportunities in 2019 is by attending relevant conferences and events in your industry. Many organizations make provisions for interested employees to attend industry conferences to represent them or simply as a way to educate them.
“If you have been shying away from these conferences in the past, you’ve been hurting your career prospects,” says Dan Fox, founder of Boss Laser. “By attending relevant conferences, you can massively increase your network (you suddenly know, and are known by, a lot of people who are relevant to your industry), you can build your skills and experience [and] you will also get exposed to more opportunities from a diverse group of people compared to if you were simply on your own. By attending conferences, you will also have up-to-date information about industry best practices, news and resources that can aid your career growth.”
2. Get an Advanced Degree
Another way to give yourself a career boost in 2019 is by getting an advanced degree. If you’re yet to obtain a Master’s degree, it might be a good idea to start making plans for it now. This is because most jobs have provisions that allow you to experience an increase in compensation if you get an advanced degree. Some companies even require those in senior management and professional positions to possess an advanced degree. Having an advanced degree also increases your career prospects, because the number of entry-level jobs requiring advanced degrees like a Master’s degree is increasing.
“An advanced degree can help you secure that elusive promotion you’ve always desired,” says Ayodeji Onibalusi of Effective Inbound Marketing. “A doctorate or masters degree would also boost your confidence and help you secure better job opportunities when you start looking for a new job.”
3. Work on Relationships With Your Coworkers and Superiors
As we get ready to enter into 2019, one of the questions you should ask yourself is where you stand in terms of your relationships with your co-workers and your superiors. Do you have a good relationship with them, or do you believe it’s simply sufficient to focus on work and get things done and still move forward in corporate circles? If you don’t have a good relationship with coworkers and superiors, it could come back to bite you. In fact, according to experts, it is very difficult, and almost impossible, to advance at work without a good relationship with co-workers and superiors. If you’ve not been getting along well with some of your peers at work, it might be a good idea to start fixing things now.
4. Regularly Update Information That Communicates Your Expertise
Many employees restrict their career growth by making little information publicly available about themselves — often unknowingly. A lot of employees have not updated their resume in years, and as a result their resume is not indicative of their current experience and skill set. Similarly, many employees have a LinkedIn profile, and other relevant career-related online profiles, with scant information about them. When you consider that many major organizations regularly scan LinkedIn and other relevant social media sites to determine which employees to hire, and that 92 percent of recruiters use social media to find high-quality candidates, it becomes instantly apparent how limiting not having an updated profile can be.
“It might be a good idea to create a schedule for updating your resume and relevant social media profiles to be indicative of your experience,” says Jonathan Marshall of Middlesex County Criminal Law. “This can be done every quarter, for example. You want to include every relevant information including awards, leadership capacities you’ve acted in and conferences you’ve attended,” he says.
5. Upgrade Your Wardrobe
If you’re wondering if dressing has anything to do with your career prospects, well it’s time to sit tight and take note — because how you dress can literally affect your career prospects and opportunities. An OfficeTeam survey found that 80 percent of executives say that how an employee dresses will affect the employee’s chances of being promoted. Other studies have also found a link between dressing and perceived confidence as well as career opportunities. If you want to be taken more seriously, and do not want to be denied your rightful career opportunities, it might be a good idea to upgrade your wardrobe.
Yasir Khan is a renowned online marketing consultant and has been in business since 2008. He owns Quantum SEO Labs and loves sharing tips on various aspects of marketing, conversions and real estate.