New year. New you. New job?
A new year means it’s time to reflect on where you find yourself after the last 12 months – and where you hope to go in the year ahead. As the new year begins, look beyond your standard New Year’s resolutions (How’s your new workout plan holding up?) and consider what kind of career resolutions you’d like to set for yourself.
Particularly for those seeking better in graphic and web design, or analyst jobs in the new year, setting your goals early – and sticking to them – is important. If you are feeling your professional life and personal brand is in need of an overhaul or you just have not landed that long-term position you are looking for, consider these new year career resolutions:
1. Network with Other Creative Professionals
The first step to that next level in your professional life is to expand your professional network. This means not just communicating with your peers, but maintaining contact with old co-workers and managers. Whether or not these people can help you directly, having a broad network of working professionals in a variety of fields often can lead to unexpected opportunities. Start networking early in the year and make it a point to communicate regularly with your network.
2. Keep Learning and Acquire New Skills
Whether or not you have extensive experience or could be considered an expert in your field, continuing learning and acquiring new skills is the only way to remain relevant in the job market. Candidates more willing to learn new skills are highly recognized within the application process, and hiring managers consider this motivation most necessary to achieving success. With that in mind, the on-going career resources provided by staffing firms like Profiles are an imperative tool to keep your skills sharp and expand the depth and breadth of your knowledge.
3. Embrace and Leverage Change
“Change” can be an unsettling word. However, rather than seeing change as disruptive and distressing, embrace the idea that change can be a force for good and be ready to leverage its power: This kind of innovation could easily lead to increased results in your creative staffing.
“Like the artist, the businessperson must be open to new ideas and willing to flex style to remain relevant – while staying true to our self and the passion that drives us,” Liz Kaplow, president, and CEO, Kaplow Communications told Forbes. “So, my resolution – and wish for us all for the new year is to embrace change, to be open to new ideas and to endeavor to paint outside the lines so we are ready for whatever the future brings.”
Achieve Your Career Resolutions with Profiles
To make sure you keep your career resolutions this year, it helps to be part of a stimulating professional environment. With learning programs designed to give the competitive edge and the opportunity to leverage the resources of an elite tech job agency, Profiles helps match creative professionals with the fulfilling careers they are looking for.