It’s almost the start of a new year. A time to evaluate the past 12 months and set goals for the next 12. As you look back on the last year of your career, what do you see? What goals have you set for the future? As you develop these goals, the tips below will help you attain career success in 2016.
First things first
As you set your goals, do any of them feel unattainable? Overwhelming? Oftentimes, people walk away from their goals because it seems like there is just no way to accomplish them. Instead of giving up, re-evaluate! Can you break your goal down into smaller milestones that can be accomplished throughout the year?
You should also make sure your goals follow the SMART rule: they should be Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound. If your goals are SMART, it will be easy to track them and see progress, thus encouraging you to continue striving for more.
Brush up on your skills
Maybe your goal for 2016 is to better your interview skills. As with many other skills, practice makes perfect. Work with a mentor who can give you honest, constructive feedback on your interview style. Perhaps there is a particular industry or company you want to learn more about. Schedule an informational interview with someone who works in an area of your interest. Ask for introductions through mutual LinkedIn connections or network within professional groups in your area.
Use your time wisely
Does your company offer mid-year or year-end performance reviews? If so, use this time to talk to your manager about the work you’ve accomplished and what direction you would like to go in for the future. Don’t wait until your actual review time to think of your talking points. Make a list of what you consider to be your shining accomplishments, as well as areas in which you would like to improve. Ask your manager for feedback on your performance and together, brainstorm ways in which you can improve. Even if your company does not have formal review periods, it is always a good idea to schedule time with your manager to ensure you are both getting what you need to perform at your best.
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