2018 is here! Happy New Year! Whether you’re starting with a clean slate and just starting a new job search or you’re a seasoned industry professional, a little tweak to your mindset can really give your a career a boost. Here are 3 simple ways to kick-start the process of elevating your career.
Stop procrastinating, start scheduling.
We all have done it. “I’ll do it tomorrow.” But then tomorrow comes and we’ve forgotten about it or purposefully pretend to forget about what we said we’d do. A key trait to successful and happy people is they’re proactive and have follow through. So, instead of letting things go by the wayside and stressing you out in the end, schedule them.
Open up your GCal, put the task in your calendar with a set date and time, and block out the approximate time to get the item done. This will help to reduce anxiety caused by the nagging guilty feeling of letting various responsibilities dangle. Nothing will make you feel better than actually doing the work and honoring your responsibilities. Get the most out of your brainpower! Use the energy for proactive work instead of last-minute worry.
Update public profiles to continually display your expertise.
To clarify, this doesn’t mean brag about how much you know about your industry on Facebook. Moreso, keep current in your industry. Share relevant articles, share your perspective. A recent study shows that 92% of recruiters use social media to find top-rated talented candidates. So, if you want to get picked out of the crowd, start positioning yourself as an expert in your field by publicly sharing your perspective and by engaging in conversations within your industry’s social media hangouts. You’ll exponentially increase your chances of getting scouted by a recruiter.
Make your wardrobe efficient.
It’s true that the clothes don’t make the person. But are you starting your day scrambling for something to wear? Are you rifling through clothes that don’t fit right? This adds a bunch of stress to your mornings when it shouldn’t have to. Clear out your wardrobe – clothes that don’t fit right or don’t make you feel good are only adding stress to your life. Minimize the morning shenanigans by eliminating things that aren’t working for you. Curate a very specific work wardrobe that makes you feel confident and comfortable, where your clothes don’t get in the way of your day-to-day tasks. This helps you automate your morning process and allows you to take a few extra minutes to enjoy your breakfast or get a jump on the morning drive to work.