The New Year is a time when we tend to focus on self-improvement and goal setting. We’re thinking of ways to improve and grow and better ourselves. By adding career goals as part of that focus, you can start the next year off on the right foot both personally and professionally. These four strategies will help you get a jump start on boosting your career in the new year.
Network more often.
Networking is the easiest way to boost your career. By attending networking events, you’ll start to expand your network beyond your current work circle. It also helps you step outside the work bubble you spend your whole day in. There are many options for networking, from formal events and meetups in person to online groups and forums. You can network on any major social platform, but LinkedIn is best for developing business connections.
Build your network now for the future. Networking isn’t just for job searching. You can find a mentor, become a mentor, learn a new skill, or simply have a conversation by networking. You want to have a robust professional network, and the only way to develop that is through networking. By continuously growing your network, you’ll be able to tap into it whenever you need to.
Create a challenge calendar.
Challenge yourself to do one new thing each month. This can be learning a new skill, taking on a project at work, sending an email to a mentor, or anything that makes you step outside your comfort zone. The only requirement is that it’s something that will