5 Things To Do For Your Career Before the End of the Year
Ready to make 2023 the best year for your career? Do the following 5 things to make sure you are able to do so…
1. CLEAN YOUR WORKSPACE
For those of you who have a perfectly organized and spotlessly-clean workspace, this section does not apply to you. For the other 98.5% of us, would you rather spend day 1 of the New Year working toward your goals OR digging-out from the clutter and mess of the previous year?
Go through old paperwork, clean our your junk drawer, get rid of everything in your workspace that isn’t necessary. This holds true for physical items AND electronic files (clean your cloud!).
This is also a good opportunity to evaluate the comfort and functionality of your workspace. Need to re-organize your desk? Maybe change the lighting? Sometimes, just moving the trashcan helps improve your space.
Hit the ground running on day one of the New Year by organizing your workspace now!
2. REVIEW PAST YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS & CONTRIBUTIONS
Did you set goals in 2021 for 2022? Did you meet or exceed those goals? If not, were there circumstances that kept you from making those goals?
The same goes for KPI’s. Did you meet or exceed your KPIs? If not, were there circumstances that kept you from meeting these performance goals?
Take stock of your goals and work KPIs before the end so that you can ace your performance review.
3. SET GOALS – ACHIEVABLE ONE
Goals are great but they must be achievable. For example, “increase sales by 20%” would be an achievable goal; “end climate change” would not. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t have lofty expectations but the disappointment, frustration and feelings of failure associated with unrealistic goals can be detrimental to your career.
4. UPDATE YOUR RESUME & ONLINE PROFILES
When is the last time you updated your resume? How about the profiles you have on StyleCareers, Linkedin or Indeed? Since you would have already taken stock of your accomplishments this year (#2), updating your resume and profiles should be easy.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” -Seneca
Even if you aren’t looking for a job, the end of year is a great time to review your resume. You never know when a job search might be forced on you OR when a great opportunity will present itself.
Increase the chance of getting “lucky” with your career by having an updated resume!
5. RE-CONNECT WITH THE PEOPEL WHO HAVE BEEN IMPORTANT TO YOUR CAREER
The end of the year is a natural time to reach out to people. Whether its former co-workers, an old boss or even one of your college professors, think of the people who have made an impact on your career and re-connect with them.