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As the new year looms like a blank slate full of possibilities, it’s common for people to think about resolutions. And while a 2022 Statista survey found that the most popular resolutions include becoming healthier, increasing personal fulfillment, and losing weight, career and job goals came in at number 4 on the list.
If you’re thinking about making some job-related resolutions for the new year, here are 10 to consider.
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1. Revisit your goals
Think about what you want to accomplish next. Your goals may have changed over the past year — or few years. Executive coach Irina Cozma suggests spending some time thinking about the direction you’re heading. As you think about what you want to achieve and the steps you’ll need to take to do so, you may even want to come up with a defining “word of the year” to keep you focused. “What word comes to mind as you reflect on your goals for next year? Instead of remembering your list of goals, it is easier to anchor your actions in one word that encompasses the majority of your goals,” she says.
2. Appreciate your experience
It’s no secret that age discrimination is a factor for people over age 50 in the workforce. But career coach Dawid Wiacek says that, sometimes, mature workers reflect that bias when they talk about themselves. “They internalize [the bias],” he says. That may come across in a person’s confidence level or language when they talk about themselves. “That will completely impact how we show up on a Zoom interview or recruiter screening, or an in-person interview and networking situation.” Focus on your worth and experience, so the fear of age-related bias doesn’t undermine your efforts.
3. Maximize your employee benefits
Employers spend a great deal of time and money offering employee benefits to attract the best workers and keep them engaged. But a recent survey by Voya Financial found that many employees don’t understand how to maximize those benefits — and they could be leaving valuable perks unused as a result. Ensure that you’re maximizing any employer match on your 401(k) plan. Check in with your HR department to make sure you’re aware of all of your benefits. Resources like financial counseling, tuition reimbursement and mental health services can all be valuable.