Looking for a fresh start in 2017? There’s no better place to start than with an updated career. A new generation of workers is staying with each company for less than a year, which means the job market is full of change and growth for you to take advantage of. Whether you want a promotion at your current company or to switch to something entirely new, here’s how to give your career a boost for the new year:
Evaluate Your Goals
Start by looking at your career goals and comparing where you are to where you want to be. Are you in a position where you feel valued and see room for growth? If so, it is likely a good fit.
However, if you don’t feel challenged, accepted, or excited from your current work, it could be time for a change. Consider what outside hobbies you enjoy and what work would feel meaningful for you and look for positions that meet those requirements—it could be something within your company or field, or it could be an entirely new industry.
Turn those goals into aby writing down your overall career goals and the smaller steps to turn it into a reality. Reevaluating your goals on a regular basis helps keep things fresh and keeps you on the path to job satisfaction and work you enjoy and feel good about.
Explore Your Options
It used to be that people were locked into careers for the their entire lives, but things are evolving and changing careers is becoming a much more common practice. If you think there could beout that that fit your career goals, start by exploring your options.
Set up informational interviews with people in different positions or industries, look through job postings, or attend events for other industries that interest you. You may find something that is an excellent fit, or you may find that your current career is the best option for you at the moment, which can give you renewed purpose and passion for your job.
It doesn’t hurt to see what else is out there, and it’s the first step you should take to update your career. Don’t jump in the water until you know what it holds.
Use Your Network
Before quitting your current job to look for something better, make sure you have a good network in place. A group of trusted colleagues and mentors can serve as anto provide career advice and help you know if you are taking the best steps to meet your goals.
When finding your dream job, relationships matter, so take time to build a strong network of professionals in your industry. It won’t happen overnight, so spend time getting involved in professional organizations, joining local and online groups, volunteering, and attending networking events.
You can leverage your network to open doors at new companies and to get recommendations for new job openings. Having a strong network gives you more resources for updating your career and removes much of the risk of switching positions.
Build and Use Your Personal Brand
Your personal brand is what sets you apart from other job applicants—what are you known for doing well? For some people, it is expertise in a certain software program, and for others that is looking at things with an innovative point of view or having the work ethic to get things done quickly.
Find something you are known for and back it up with experiences from previous jobs. Companies are more likely to take a risk and hire someone who has proven their worth and can make an immediate impact in their organization.
If you are unsure of your personal brand, talk with a mentor and work to develop skills that will be desirable for your chosen profession. Be confident with your abilities and showcase your personal brand, but don’t let it define you too much that it takes away from your other skills and comes across as being prideful and unteachable, which can be a huge turn off to companies.
The new year is a great time to start something fresh and set goals to become your best self. The majority of our lives is spent working, so take the time to update your career into something that is rewarding and meets your goals to become your best self this year.