This time of year is famous for creating unrealistic goals and resolutions that we fail or forget about – it is said that just 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions.

You can make a change to your career at any point in the year, but as we are at the very beginning of 2019, now is a good time to plan what you want from the year.

Here are our top simple New Year resolutions that you can use to boost your career:

  • Update your social media

Actively looking for a job or not, keeping your social media networks up-to-date is key. This is the ‘first’ impression employers will have of you – as many use social media as a place to find new talent. So, clean up your social media accounts and make sure it remains up to date, active and professional!

  • Expand your network

Sometimes just sending your CV isn’t enough, if you really want to boost your career or find a new opportunity, networking events, industry talks or joining a group relevant to your work can help massively.

The saying ‘it’s not what you know, its who you know’ still holds. There is no denying that having good contacts can take you up the career ladder!

Even if you are not looking for a new job, networking is a great way to broaden your professional contacts and knowledge. Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t, this is why it is essential to talk to as many people as you can because you never know what you will learn.

  • New Skills

Maybe you want to be more skilled in a certain area of your work or you want to work in a different sector, taking a course to acquire this will be a big help in improving your career – your ability to learn is never ending.

And nothing boosts your chances of landing a new job as much as developing new skills. It’s simple, the more skills you have, the more likely you are to get noticed by an employer.

  • Achieve a work-life balance

Sometimes constantly working will not achieve success, you will become frustrated with your work and eventually burn out. To avoid this, it is best to unplug from your work when you are not there and take advantage of the time you have away. Doing this can refresh your mind and will increase your productivity and creativity.

Overall, there are numerous actions you can take to boost your career, whether that is to get a new job or a promotion – the above tips are simple but effective, you may not see the result over night, but it will help massively in the long run. Good luck! ?

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