2018. A New Year. Big Hopes. Big Dreams. Change. Progression. That job role you’ve been swooning after for what feels like an age. This is your year. Right? I love New Year. I love the hope, the dreaming, the goals, the possibility. If you want a New Year New Job, if your want 2018 to be Your Year however, it all means nothing unless you have, or are prepared to plan and take, practical action steps to make 2018 Your Year and make this year be New Year New Job for you.
Here are some suggestions on how to make 2018 Your Year and how to turn this year in to New Year New Job:
- Make specific goals and plan specific action points. Emphasis on the word specific. If you have vague and general goals and ideas then its less likely you will take action to make them happen.
- Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. Whether that be making that appointment with me (I’m really very friendly by the way so no need to find that scary), or having a conversation with your manager, seeking external opportunities to gain the work experience you need or actually applying for a job that you are scared to apply for – when it comes to growth more often than not you need to step out of your comfort zone. My guess is you’ll rise to the occasion.
- Identify where you need support and seek out resources and teachers to help you bridge the gap. For example, maybe you need support with interview technique (check out my new year offer at the bottom of the post), or maybe you need support gaining experience in an area you feel could strengthen your professional offering, in which case look around your professional network or search LinkedIn and reach out to someone who can help.
- Believe in yourself. Have your own back. Focus on the strengths you have and what you have to offer. Take bold steps of action that may be scary, and may feel vulnerable, and are also going to move you further in the direction you want to go in.
- Make a list of achievements – big or small – throughout the year and celebrate them. We often skip past what we achieve and focus on what we don’t yet have. This will help you see how much you have achieved regularly throughout the year, and if there genuinely is very little there, you’ll know you need to get back to making specific goals, sourcing opportunities and taking specific action.
- Be kind to yourself. No one throws great criticism at ourselves than we do. Beating yourself up if you get impatient or frustrated or if you do take action and it doesn’t go as planned really is not helpful or productive. Be kind to yourself and be assertive in figuring out what is the best next step.
If you need a bit of extra support with job interviews this year check out my Step by Step Guide to Successful Job Interviews Workbook. If you need one to one support check out the interview appointments and CV and application form reviews I offer.
Over to You
What are your career goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments below.