Workplace Roundup: Working Over the Holidays and Getting Promoted in 2014

New Year’s is right around the corner, and, if you’re like me, you’ve set a few resolutions for 2014. I’m looking to improve my health (with the help of this little guy), thinking about my career and trying to break bad habits. Hopefully, the following four articles can help you get a jumpstart on your own New Year’s resolutions.

With the holidays in full swing, your office may be looking a little empty. If you’re one of the few who didn’t take time off, you can spend your time checking Facebook or doing something more productive. The Street offers three career-boosting suggestions for occupying your time when you’re the only one at work.

If you’ve got your sights set on earning a promotion in 2014, remember that your resume isn’t the only thing you’ll be judged on. Professional appearance matters, too. Business News Daily provides tips for cleaning up four aspects of your professional image.

Move over, Silicon Valley? Marketplace looks into the startup scene in Utah. Yes, Utah! Turns out Salt Lake City and Provo ranked 11th and 12th on a list of IT startups per capita. A low cost of living and an abundance of talent, among other factors, make these cities enticing for entrepreneurs.

Last but not least, as a proud Bruin, I wasn’t surprised to see UCLA appear second on ViewsOnYou’s ranking of the most ambitious graduates. Employers, take note!