New Year's Resolutions for Your Career

Published: Dec 22, 2011

Topics: Interviewing       Job Search       Networking       Resumes & Cover Letters       Salary & Benefits       Workplace Issues       

In just over a week, that ball will drop again in Times Square, and the timer on your New Year’s resolutions will begin ticking. Sure, you could stick with the same old diet and fitness resolutions. But while you work toward a smaller waistline, why don’t you consider another part of your life that needs an overhaul: your career. If you’re stuck in a dead-end job, are hoping to change careers, or are unemployed, make 2012 your year for career success. Below are some New Year’s resolutions from Vault to get you started.

I will relax before my job interviews.

Interviewing for a new gig is never easy, and when your palms start sweating and your voice begins shaking, it can become even more difficult. Take a deep breath, and follow these tips to relax before your next interview.

I will be active during the job search process.

You can wish for a new job all you want, but you’re going to have to put in some work to actually get one. Stay engaged, prepare, and consider this advice to focus on your job search. And if you’re worried that you don’t meet the qualifications for your dream job, be proactive with these tips.

I will snap out of the job search doldrums.

Landing a new job is difficult, especially in the current economy. But don’t start 2012 off on a down note: begin the year with a fresh, positive outlook. Rather than beating yourself up for not having a new job yet, consider ways—like these—to make yourself more marketable and to brighten your mood.

I will search for a workplace culture that makes me happy.

You work hard at your job, and with so many hours dedicated to your employer, you deserve to work somewhere that makes you happy. You may not always have the luxury of being picky when you need to replenish your bank account, but you can certainly strive to find an atmosphere that fits your personality and career goals. Consider these tips in researching a prospective employer’s culture.

I will get back on my feet.

It is tough to move on from a lay off and focus on your job search. Get back into the game with this advice on networking, planning, and training.

I will be my best.

Snagging a new job is just the beginning of career success. Now you actually have to prove yourself. Make a great first impression and start strong in your new job with these guidelines.

I will polish my resume and application materials.

Forget about getting your dream job if you can’t even get your foot in the door. Your first step toward landing a new job is to create a polished resume and cover letter. Get started on your winning resume now.

I will take my job search seriously.

Searching for a new job is a job in itself, and you need to commit to pursuing your career dreams. Whether you’re new to the job hunt or an old pro, brush up on the process with these tips to network, innovate, and communicate your way to your next career.