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Goals for the New Year

While many start the New Year with intentions for their personal health and wellbeing, it’s also a good time to look at what career goals and aspirations you have for the upcoming year. In our blog we’ll lay out some ideas for how to create achievable career goals for the coming year.

Questions to Ask Yourself
To figure out what goals you want to achieve, you should reflect on what really matters to you. CNBC recently published an article with 7 questions to help form your 2021 career goals. In the article they recommended asking yourself:

  • What have you learned and accomplished this prior year?

  • What makes you come alive?

  • What do you not want?

  • What can you accomplish yourself?

  • How are you spending your time each day?

  • What would your perfect day look like?

  • What helps you find resilience every day?

Setting Short- and Long-Term Goals
After you have answered the above questions and become clear on what matters most to you, the next step is to establish your career goals for the coming year. Think about what you would like to achieve within the next 3, 6, and 12 months. When setting these goals, think about how your short-term goals will help you achieve your long-term ones. Some examples of short-term goals could be:

  • Improving your performance metrics

  • Getting certified in something related to your work field

  • Attending virtual networking events

Some examples of long-term goals you could achieve within the next year are:

  • Getting a promotion

  • Getting a new job

  • Becoming a subject matter expert in your field

We hope this inspires you to think about what career goals and changes you could achieve within the coming year.

Goals for the New Year

Improving Productivity at Work

Everyone knows the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder”. Sure it sounds great in theory, but is that really possible and if so, how do you actually do that? It is in fact possible, and the key is shortcuts that allow you to be more productive and effective without extra effort. In today’s blog we’ll provide some ideas to take this phrase from a pipedream into reality.

Eliminate Distractions

Distractions, no matter how small, can reduce your level of productivity. You may think your quick check to see the latest on Facebook or Instagram isn’t a detriment to your workday, but these small (even just a minute long) distractions break your work focus making it harder to get back into the flow once you return to working. While it is important to take breaks, make them worthwhile and purposeful instead of minute long distractions multiple times an hour.

Prioritize

If you have a lot on your plate, it’s helpful to physically write down the tasks you need to accomplish and prioritize based on importance. If you have a big project you need to focus on, consider setting aside an hour or two where you close your work emails and simply focus on the tasks at hand. Working in short intervals like this where you are completely focused on one task will help you feel less anxious and more productive.

Utilize “Empty Time”

We all have moments in our day which could be considered “empty time” that we could in fact utilize for personal and professional growth. Perhaps it’s your morning commute, washing dishes, or working out on the treadmill. Look at the pockets of time in your day and think about how you could use this time more effectively. During these “empty spaces” in your day, watch a TEDTalk or listen to a podcast or audiobook so you can learn new skills and grow personally and professionally.

Set Deadlines

Many people work better under a little bit of pressure, so if you have tasks you need to accomplish (and don’t have a deadline already set by your manager) set them for yourself. See how quickly you’re able to knock out items on your to-do list that you’ve prioritized (as mentioned above). It’s a tactic that will help increase your efficiency so you’re able to get more done in less time.

Improving Productivity at Work

Resume Tips from a Seasoned Recruiter

Having been a recruiter for the better part of my career, it goes without saying I’ve seen my share of resumes. Over the years, I’ve seen good resumes, bad resumes, and everything in between, and part of my job is helping people perfect their resumes so they’re able to get their foot in the door at companies and land that ever important first interview. Below are several suggestions for what I personally would recommend when editing your resume…

Resume File Name
Having your first and last name in the file name will help distinguish you from the other applicants who simply name their resume file, “resume”. Instead have it be something like, “John Doe – IT Technician” or “John Doe Resume”.

Create a Custom Resume
It’s important to adapt your resume and tailor your experiences to the company’s needs. Certainly don’t be dishonest about your work history, but do think about how roles or projects you’ve worked on in the past would relate to the job you are applying for. Not only will it be easier for the employer to see that you are the right person for the job, but it will also show you’ve done your homework ahead of time and thoroughly researched the company and role you are applying for.

Only Include Relevant Information
If you’ve been working for 5+ years, make sure to only include your recent and relevant work history. Don’t include the summer job you held in high school or minor degrees and achievements that are irrelevant to the role you’re applying for. Having these things on your resume will distract from the key information you need to get across (not to mention lengthening your resume unnecessarily).

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
Having your resume be grammatically correct and typo free is so important. After you’ve finished your resume, triple check it for typos, then have a friend or family member do the final proofread (pick someone who you believe will do the best job). You would hate to be discounted simply for having a small typo on your resume so make sure not to skip this step.

Resume Tips from a Seasoned Recruiter

The Best Career Focused YouTube Videos

Need a little work inspiration and motivation? If you’re feeling like Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day” where work is becoming monotonous and everyday feels the same, it might be time to seek out inspiration to re-energize and reinvigorate. We’ve posted before about the best business podcasts to listen to, and in today’s blog we’ll share our picks for the best YouTube videos you can watch to inspire career growth, development, and success.

“How to Stay Focused”
Have trouble focusing? In this short video, Brendon Burchard shares his secret of staying focused both in your personal and professional life and the one technique that will make a huge difference in your productivity.
Watch here

“The Puzzle of Motivation”
Dan Pink’s discusses the “puzzle of motivation” and how traditional rewards aren't as effective as we may think. He shares what he believes really motivates people and how business leaders can use that knowledge to incentivize their teams and organizations.
Watch here

“Greatness Within”
In this video, Les Brown and others, inspire you to develop the greatness within yourself. It’s only a 6-minute video with a variety of short audio clips from various speakers and well worth the watch.
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“How to Make Stress Your Friend”
Feeling a bit stressed at work these days? Watch this TedTalk with Kelly McGonigal. In the video she shares strategies on how to change the way you perceive stress and how to view it in a more positive and beneficial light.
Watch Here

The Best Career Focused YouTube Videos