From pledging to cleaning out your closets to promising to follow a regimented workout routine, January 1 leads people to make all kinds of resolutions. Why not use this surge of motivation to super-charge your career? Here are '16 Career Tips for 2016' from our Talent Sourcing Team.
Take time out of your day to examine what you like (and what you may not be so crazy about) in your current role. Let these insights be your guiding force when charting the path ahead.
Ask the Big Questions. Don't ask yourself what you want to be when you grow up, but what problems you want to solve.
Stretch Yourself. If you like your current role, how can you stretch yourself further? Try taking a class or volunteering for a new project. Go above and beyond this year.
Take Action. If you find yourself yearning for what's next, determine specific action steps to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Tailor your Impression. Your social media presence is "always on." Whether a long-time employee or looking for a new opportunity, consider sharing content that puts your best face forward.
Get Noticed. Your LinkedIn profile is your modern-day business card. Make sure yours represents you well and gets you noticed with these tips to Rock Your LinkedIn Profile.
Do your Research. Before you click ‘submit' on any job application, research the company's online presence. Consider learning more on sites like Glassdoor.
Find an Ally. You are more connected than you think. A quick search on LinkedIn can tell you who may be in your corner to provide some extra insights or a referral.
Make it Count. We only get one chance to make a first impression. Make sure your résumé helps you stand out (in a good way) with these tips on What to Keep and What to Nix.
Address to Impress. Your first conversation with a recruiter may be over email. Is your email a remnant of your college days? Consider creating a new, professional email address and make sure your messages don't read like a text message.
Investigate. Knowledge is power. Learn what the interview process consists of and prepare accordingly. Behavior-based interviewing doesn't need to be stressful if you know what to expect.
Practice! Consider thinking through and even voicing out loud your interview responses, or explaining your job history to a friend.
Plan Ahead. Minimize interview-day stress by managing the details — what to wear? Do you have good directions? Who are you meeting when you arrive?
Play Detective. Remember that a company has to be as good of a fit for you as you are for the company. Respect yourself enough to know that you deserve to be picky. Use every opportunity to ask questions at the end of your interview.
Self-Reflect. You've done the interview. You've gotten the job offer. How do you decide? Be aware of your "deal breakers," or those things you just aren't willing to compromise on.
Take Time Off. Put down your phone. Turn off your laptop. You are your own best advocate. So, prioritizing work-life balance starts with you.