6 New Year's Career Resolutions — And How to Keep Them

Keep Your Career New Year's Resolutions

The new year is fast approaching. Maybe you're planning to focus your resolutions on your career this year. Or you've decided this is the year you'll find a new job, finally ask for that raise or simply make more professional connections.

You're not alone: According to a recent Accountemps survey, 68 percent of workers make career-related resolutions. Of those, the top career resolutions are developing skills and getting a raise, with 27 percent each.

Ready to start making those career resolutions a reality? Here are a few tips.

Career Resolution 1: Get a new job 

Schedule time each week to revise your resume, build your LinkedIn profile, research new job opportunities and set up meetings with business contacts, including recruiters who specialize in accounting and finance. Reassess these goals monthly, and reward yourself when you meet key milestones.

Career Resolution 2: Build my network 

Join at least one professional association, and attend meetings regularly. At work, foster your internal network by joining cross-departmental teams and participating in companywide activities.

Career Resolution 3: Enhance my marketability 

Pursue a certification, learn a new software application or take a course to develop your skill set. Consider pursuing a leadership role with an industry or professional association, or volunteering with a nonprofit group whose cause you are passionate about.

Career Resolution 4: Improve my work performance 

Meet with your boss to identify areas for improvement and establish career objectives. Offer to take on a project outside your job description, and look for opportunities to help colleagues who are carrying a heavy workload.

Career Resolution 5: Get a promotion 

Set up a meeting with your manager to discuss your career objectives and the ways in which you can bring more value to your firm in an advanced position. If a promotion isn't in the immediate offing, work with your boss to identify the steps necessary to achieve one.

Career Resolution 6: Ask for a raise 

Research salary trends by consulting accounting and finance industry resources such as our annual Salary Guide to determine average pay rates for someone in your position. Then present a business case to your supervisor for why you deserve a boost in pay. While many companies still may not be in a position to give raises, you may be able to negotiate other perks, such as a flexible schedule, in the interim.

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