Five new year career resolutions you should make today

Happy new year all! Now let’s me it the year we all set goals and have the mental ability and funds to deliver them for the best possible future for us and our family.

Getting promoted if you are a hard work is no guarantee, turning up on time, doing extra may not even get you a raise of any kind!

You want a raise

Given today’s unstable job market and instability, especially in the tech sector, “prepare to prove you’re raise-worthy,”

Before you even broach the conversation with your boss, however, take a tip nd look up a comparable role at another company. All businesses must now list good faith salary ranges for jobs, promotions or transfer positions.

You should also look at your company’s earnings reports and year-end forecasting from your CEO to see how the company is faring. “It’s ideal if you can share that your No. 1 competitor is paying $20,000 more for your exact job,”. “Next, you want to share all that you’ve done since last January, whether it was working on 10 projects or building X number of budgets. Being able to quantify your contributions is crucial.”

You want to switch careers

Making a major career change will likely take several months of discovery, where you take the time to figure out what you want to do next and how you’re going to get there.

“Start by zeroing in on the part of your job you enjoy most, a human resources tech platform. “Then you can extend out to think about the type of work you want to be doing.”

Once you’ve figured that out and understand what’s involved — including whether you need training — begin networking via LinkedIn and invite anyone in your desired career path for lunch or coffee.

Keep in mind that you need to be fiscally prudent when changing course. “Switching careers is risky,” Rosencrans said. “You should always have your finances in order during those months you’re searching and be sure you can afford to take this pause and switch gears.”

You want to keep working remotely

If you want to keep your WFH setup going, communication is key. “Talk to your manager early and often, and keep that person in the loop about what you’re thinking and feeling,”. “If you want to continue working from home, share the reason, whether it’s that you’re more productive, you have kids to pick up from school or you’re taking care of a sick parent.”

Maybe you simply like working in silence and the office is too loud. “Again, you want to be in ‘proving it’ mode,”. If you’re working an extra two hours because you’re not commuting from Long Island to Manhattan, say so. If you’re most productive from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. after you put your kids to sleep, explain that, and if you can take conference calls at 5:30 p.m. because you don’t have to pick up your child from daycare, share that, too.”

You want to upskill or reskill

It’s unlikely your boss will look askance if you want to learn more skills or review existing skills to make sure you’re up to date. Consider signing up for a free LinkedIn Learning course, listening to a leadership podcast or even tapping into TikTok for career-coaching and leadership skill videos.

If you’re interested in taking a course that comes with a fee, communicate your interest with your boss. “Say something like, ‘I found this training and I know it will benefit our team in the following ways,’ then ask if there might be a budget available for, say, an Adobe course.”

Just don’t make your manager find courses for you. “They’re already very busy,”. “This is a good opportunity for you to show the initiative.”

You want to start a family

First off, you aren’t required to tell anyone at work that you’re planning on having a child.

“Hopefully you work at a company where starting a family is celebrated and not used against you, since that’s illegal,” Rosencrans said. “Also, it’s illegal — it’s retaliation — if your promotion or pay raise is affected by you having a child.”

That said, if you’re in baby mode, right now is the perfect time to be proactive about your schedule. “For example, if you’re working late into the evening, this won’t be sustainable with a newborn,” Rosencrans said. “Think about good practices you can implement to ensure that you don’t have to completely shift your work schedule once the baby arrives.”

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