When you think about your goals for the upcoming year, do they include your career? Our resolutions tend to focus on being healthier, but Charlotte Davies, a career expert at LinkedIn, says this is the perfect time to “think about what your next step is to grow professionally.” Experts share six work resolutions we should make to help get ahead on our desired career path in 2023.
- Say “yes” more - Our fear of failing makes it tempting to say “no,” but Ed Johnson, CEO and co-founder of PushFar, says turning down experiences could keep you from getting valuable expertise and skills that could be beneficial for your career. “This year, make a resolution to say yes to any career opportunities that come your way, no matter how scary they seem,” he explains.
- Attend a professional event - Networking events give you a chance to connect with other professionals in your industry, as well as help you stay up to date with the latest trends and opportunities. If you feel intimidated or nervous to go, Johnson suggests starting with an online event and working your way up to an in-person event.
- Find a mentor - Who better to learn from than someone who’s been in your shoes? The right mentor can help give you both professional and personal guidance, support and boost your confidence. Not sure where to find a mentor? Try explaining what you’re looking for on LinkedIn and see who responds.
- Improve your work-life balance - If you don’t have a good work-life balance, you’re more likely to get burned out, which negatively affects productivity, and your career progression as a result.
- Read a career book - You can get a fresh perspective and knowledge from reading, so make it a goal for the year to read at least one career book.
- Make your profile stand out - Simple steps, like making sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, are a good start. “You’re more likely to be hired by someone in your professional network,” Davies explains, “So while this is a good move for anyone looking to make a career move, it’s particularly helpful for those seeking a new role.”