Now that 2017 is here, it's time to think about resolutions and goals. At Woolf Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you protect your workplace rights and your career. Here are some guidelines to think about when creating career goals for this year.
1. What's your objective?
Think about what you'd like out of this year. Are you in a dead-end job, or have you just found yourself unexpectedly on the job market? Think about your current (or last) job. What worked? What didn't? While it's unlikely that you'll find yourself gleefully skipping into work everyday, think about what kind of job environment would make you happy. Are you currently in a job environment that is toxic or discriminatory? Think about what steps you can take to begin to remedy the situation.
2. Be specific.
Once you've determined your career objective for this year, create specific goals to reach that objective. You're more likely to reach a goal that's narrow and specific (e.g., I will turn my weekly reports in on time for the next month) as opposed to a lofty, general goal (e.g., I will be the best employee).
3. Think about professional development.
Professional development can mean a variety of different things. Is there a company-wide class or training available to you? Can you work toward getting a certificate or degree that will assist you in reaching your ultimate goal? In contrast, professional development can also be as informal as having a chat with your supervisor, reading up on your company's goals, plan, and vision, or making a new professional contact.
4. Focus on relationships.
Many of our clients have just been unjustly terminated or have experienced unfair treatment at the workplace. When these kinds of events occur, it's helpful to rely on relationships to get you through a difficult situation. Whether it's your family, friends, or professional contacts, these individuals can help you transition to the next step in your career. Plus, you never know if a professional contact at a prior job can help you reach a career goal or find a new position.
5. Review your social media presence.
Your social media presence can have a negative, neutral, or positive impact on your current job and your career goals. Ensure that your posts, pictures, and comments have a positive effect, or at least a neutral one. Many employees have found out the hard way that negative comments or inappropriate remarks on social media can create problems in the workplace. Cleaning up and reviewing your online presence is a simple thing you can do to help meet your career goals in 2017.
We wish you the best for 2017! Contact us to discuss your workplace concerns.