Career Resolutions

Almost everyone who makes New Year’s resolutions knows that they will not keep their resolutions more than a week or two. Think about it. Have you ever made a promise to yourself on January 1st to lose weight or to quit a bad habit? Were you successful in the long run?

Many people join health clubs each year on January 1st in order to keep their resolution of becoming healthy only to permanently stop going to the club as soon as January 15 rolls around. Making and keeping any type of resolution is difficult. Adhering to promises you make to yourself takes discipline and most people are not up for the challenge.

Personal resolutions are similar to career resolutions, but career resolutions are important in a different regard. A person’s career is part of what defines them. A career is something that a person lives with for decades. With a little bit of determination, careers can be changed, modified and excelled.

What Exactly is a Career Resolution?

Before we discuss career resolutions, let’s talk about personal resolutions. When a person makes a personal resolution, it is a promise to reach a goal, finish a project, or break a negative pattern.

A career resolution is very similar and can be described as a promise to reach a career goal, finish a career project or break a negative career pattern.

In essence, a career resolution is a promise you make regarding your professional life. Career resolutions, according to Career-Advice-Monster.com, can be made at any time because “it’s never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction.”  Also read "Education for Job Advancement" because it can be a key component to forming a career resolution.

Following are the Top 7 Career Resolutions that are NOT Impossible to Keep:

1. Try to learn something new every single day while at work. If you are constantly in a learning mentality you will grow intellectually and you will be able to handle professional challenges while at work. The more you know, the farther you will go. Try to push yourself into learning things that are challenging. You may be able to use your newfound knowledge and skills to obtain a more desirable job in the future.

2. Ask questions. Make a promise to yourself that you will understand the underlying reasons for the work you are completing. If you are given a new assignment or project at work, don’t accept it without out asking questions about it. Make sure you fully understand what you are supposed to do. Don’t start working on something without learning more about it. Why is the project important? What is the purpose of the project? If you truly understand what your employer is trying to accomplish you will feel a greater sense of importance for what you are doing at work.

3. Make sure you are being completely honest with your employer at all times. For example, you should never take office supplies home with you for personal use. Even if you feel that you deserve the perk of free office supplies, they are not rightfully yours to take. Also, make sure to use vacation days for their intended purpose and do not call in sick if you are not sick. Being honest and having a high level of integrity will cause you to feel very good about yourself.

4. Ask for higher level work. If you feel that you are not being challenged at work, ask for more difficult projects. It is commonplace for some employees to do as little as possible throughout their work day. Don’t be one of the commoners! Push yourself harder and take complex challenges. You will be happier and more satisfied with your career if you feel that you are making a difference.

5. Have frequent conversations with your managers. There is nothing worse than not knowing if you are completing your job duties correctly or within your supervisor’s level of expectations. You will feel a sense of relief if you have periodic conversations with your managers to ensure that you are doing things correctly. Open communication will help you boost your confidence.

6. Use your vacation days. If you don’t feel comfortable using all of your allotted vacation days each year that is fine. But, it is important to take at least a few days off every so often. It is not healthy to work for months and months on end with no time for relaxation. A good career resolution is one that involves having fun a few days per year! If you work hard you deserve some time off. This does not necessarily mean that you must spend a lot of money on a tropical vacation, but it does mean that you should set some time aside to relax.

7. Keep your resume updated at all times. While you may have no intention whatsoever of applying for a new job, simply having your resume updated and knowing that you can submit it to another employer on a moment’s notice is a very comforting notion. Also, keeping your resume updated is a great way of keeping track of all your professional accomplishments.

The website TheDailyMuse.com sums up the issue of career resolutions very well. “When things are going well, you should still be setting work-related goals for yourself.” Having career resolutions and goals are the best way to set yourself up for a successful professional life that is filled with ambition and satisfaction.

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Written by Melanie Fischer, Career & Job Expert who has been writing professionally for over 10 years.