Career Boosting Resolutions for 2021
New Year's Resolutions to Help Your Career
The start of a new year is a great time to set goals and intentions for yourself. We polled our staffing professionals and put together a list of our Top 5 career-oriented resolutions we're making in 2021.
1. Update your LinkedIn, including a headshot
New year, new you! But if your LinkedIn profile is outdated, you’re not putting your best foot forward. Updating your profile ensures that you provide the latest information about your skills and accomplishments. Most employers include an internet search as part of their screening process, make a good impression.
2. Read a career-related book.
Make reading part of your routine by setting a personal “career” reading challenge for yourself. Achieve this by checking out a new business book from the library or subscribing to a career-focused newsletter or podcast. Continually consuming new career wisdom can be a source of inspiration, a way to develop new skills, and help you keep informed on new ways of thinking (not to mention, it makes great conversation!).
3. Create one professional networking connection a month.
Now is a great time to start nurturing your network. Network contacts can help with more than just job leads; they can provide reference anecdotes or offer advice too! Like all relationships, you need to nurture and grow these connections; there is nothing worse than listing someone as a reference, only to have them tell the recruiter they don’t remember you well!
4. Learn a new skill (or brush up on an existing one).
It's never too late to learn a new skill or polish up an existing one. The internet has resources for everything from building new skills through online courses like Udemy to expanding your Excel or Word knowledge for free on YouTube!
5. Perfect your elevator pitch.
Elevator pitches are always useful because they help you succinctly introduce yourself to new people. A practiced elevator pitch will tell others who you are, what you do, and what you want. They're great for prepping for an interview, crafting a cover letter, or just introducing yourself to new coworkers!