At the beginning of a new year, it is common to set goals for yourself both personally and professionally. The following are some tips for boosting your career this year:
Network More Often
Networking was a buzzword in 2018 and will continue to be into 2019. The purpose of networking is not usually to find a new job, but rather to create a circle of people around you that can potentially help you in your career. You can find a mentor, become a mentor, learn a new skill, or simply have a conversation by networking. How do you go about networking? You can attend formal networking events, get set up with a local networking chapter in your area or even use Linkedin as a networking tool. However you decide to network, make sure you are getting your name out there and putting your best foot forward!
Volunteer for Large Projects
No one really enjoys volunteering for large projects or extra work. But this year, try to go out of your way to do just that. Volunteering to help your company by taking on an extra project shows that you are a team player. As extra motivation to volunteer for these projects, look out for things you are particularly good at. For example, if you excel at public speaking and your company is hosting an event that entails a speech, volunteer to deliver the speech! You will be able to exhibit your skills while helping your company at the same time.
Ask for an Evaluation
Asking for an evaluation from your boss can take some courage, but it will help give your career a boost this year. You will likely receive a critique that will be difficult to digest, but it will only serve to improve you. An evaluation can help you understand your supervisor’s point of view, give you a chance to communicate your current state of mind and create an action plan to improve your performance going forward.
If you are looking to give your career a boost in the new year, there are several things you can do. Firstly, make sure you are networking frequently and with the right people. Second, volunteer for large company projects this year. It may be extra work for you but it will pay off in the end. Lastly, ask for an evaluation from your supervisor. It may be hard to take the critique but it will let you know where you can improve and where you’re doing well.