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The Grind: Career Resolutions

Thinking about your career ambitions doesn't just imply figuring out your basic "five year plan." You've probably been asked several times where you see yourself in five years and that may be enough information for interviewers, but you need to dig deeper when making goals for yourself.

Your career considerations should include consistently thinking of ways you could improve; it will help you avoid the boredom that hits when you've been resting on a plateau for some time.

Here are some more ideas for resolutions to make regarding your career this year (on top of your New Year's Resolutions, of course!). Just


  • Ramp up your resume! Even if you're not planning to leave your job anytime soon, it's good to have a current resume in case a perfect-for-you opportunity falls in your lap.
  • Figure out your potential at your company. Are there possibilities for promotion or would you have to look elsewhere to get a new title? Talk to your supervisors about your future with them.
  • Get healthy and get hobbies! Achieving a work-life balance means something different to all of us. I often compare my "balance" to how I felt a year ago, and try to make adjustments accordingly. Your happiness outside of work really does affect your job performance.


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chynablue chynablue 9 years
"Your happiness outside of work really does affect your job performance" That is so true!
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
my goal is to network're either in or you're out.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
yes, that work-life balance is so important! last year i felt like i concentrated too much effort/time on studying and didn't relax enough.
cassedy04 cassedy04 9 years
i'm about to start a career in public accounting in october... and i'm so worried about #3. i feel like i hardly have time to balance myself when i am in college, let alone working 60+ hour weeks. i'm hoping if i can take the next few months to get my priorities straight, it will carry over into my work life. keep your fingers crossed for me!
cubadog cubadog 9 years
These are great tips. Whenever I start a new position, my responsibilites change or I learn something new that makes me a little more marketable I make sure one of the first things I do is update my resume you never know who you are going to meet. Making sure you have a life outside of work is so important.
JRosien JRosien 9 years
I like the suggestion of looking at where you were last year and how you've changed - for better or worse.When we're stressed, it's easy to get so caught up in it that you can't see how far you've come - or, maybe, what kind of work you need to do to improve.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good tips...
LeeLB LeeLB 9 years
I totally agree, my boyfriend and I were just talking about it on the drive to work today, you have to take stock of your life and make sure things are balanced. Do you have hobbies outside of work you always want to make sure your not working to hard and not having fun. Summerbaby has the right idea.
kleins99 kleins99 9 years
I have a hard time digesting this post, as it doesn't address women who work from home, where we don't know when it starts or when it ends. When we're constantly questioning if we're doing enough. I walk around in sweatpants and no bra, shower ever three days, and still don't feel like I'm doing enough for my career. How about the resolution and realization that it's okay not to work so hard? To resolve to ease up on ourselves?
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
im going to have to agree with tip 3! my boyfriend and i are finding hobbies we can do together as well as ones that we can do on out own time.. which i think is SUPER important! :) YAY to 2008!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
yay for tip #3 :) I am looking for something for my man and me to get into. Dancing classes hehehe...perhaps!
alltherage alltherage 9 years
love tip number three -- i did it over the past year and its soooooooooo true!
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