Start Networking More
Remember those coworkers from your old job? Now is the time to hit them up. As the New Year begins, it’s important to reignite relationships. You don’t necessarily have to grab a beer with everyone you had a college business class with (though that would be fun), but it is important to let them know you exist and that you’re still a viable contact. Also, start searching online for local industry mixers in your field (trust us, they’re out there). They are great opportunities to connect with employers and former colleagues.
Help Someone Else Along the Way
We’ve all heard the phrase, “pay it forward.” Well, believe it or not, it can actually turn out to be the most rewarding career goal of all. As you ascend the corporate ladder, make sure to take time to pass down some of your knowledge. Mentor an intern; help the new girl with the copy machine. You never know, someday they may be running the company and looking to give you a cushy VP slot.
Set Goals and Reward Yourself
There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a little pat on the back, especially after a job well done. As you plan your personal career goals for the year, set aside some incentives for each task accomplished. Maybe it’s a fancy dinner, maybe its tickets to an NBA game. Whatever floats your boat put it on the list. It’s a great way to stay motivated and heck, if you wind up running up the company, it’s an excuse to buy yourself a brand new ride!
Keep At It
This is the not-so-easy way to career prosperity. Whether you’re gunning for a promotion or raise, looking for a new job or interested in switching fields entirely, in today’s uber competitive employment environment encountering obstacles will be inevitable. This is where the old adage “persistence over resistance” should come into play. Don’t stop because someone says “no.” Persist by continuing to try or finding another way to meet your goals. It won’t be easy, but nothing worth having ever is.