Happy New Year! We hope you’ve enjoyed the festive season and have relaxed and prepared yourself for a bigger and better 2016! Whether you are in employment but considering a change in your job or unemployed and searching for the right role for you, there is no better time to start afresh than at the beginning of a new year. There is a real sense of positivity at the start of the new year and the best way to keep that up is by maintaining a proactive attitude! We have some top tips that can be related to both personal and work life to really ensure you start the year off on the right track!
Learn a new skill – Get tech savvy!
It doesn’t have to be directly related to your current job or even a job you want, but adding a new skill to your repertoire will not only look great on your CV but could also ignite a passion for learning, a positive attitude and a confidence that perhaps was not there before. Learning something technical would look really fantastic on your CV in a day and age where more and more advanced computer skills are required. If you can already type pretty well and have no issues using Microsoft Office, why not learn how to use Adobe Photoshop or practice some basic HTML coding? What’s stopping you?
Read a book or two
It could be a non-fictional book with some benefits to your health, career or home life or it could be something completely fanciful that will purely entertain and pull you out of the mundane day to day happenings, either way reading will broaden your language skills, open your mind and relax you too!
Update your work wardrobe
Ok perhaps January isn’t the right month to suggest splurging some of your cash on yourself but what better time to activate the ‘look good, feel good’ attitude than at the beginning of a new year? Invest in a new suit, some shoes or even a bit of everything and revel in the compliments you receive. You will find your confidence boosted and a keenness to improve your work-performance too!
Learn to listen
Let’s be honest, this is a skill we could all learn to employ a little more often. Having opinions and ideas are important in the workplace but there is a thin line between being pro-active and just plain annoying. If you notice that you do a lot of the talking in the office, take a step back and listen to your colleagues and – rather than bounce off their ideas and stories with your own – try delving deeper into their own thoughts.
Keep up to date with your industry
When was the last time you subscribed to an online magazine that was directly related to the industry you worked in? Do you spend much time discussing business with people other than your colleagues? More often than not at the end of the day you want to leave the office and leave the job behind as you go, but what if you reignite your love (or at least appreciation) for your job by spending a short amount of time a week learning more about your craft, discussing new things that perhaps you weren’t aware of and then bringing those new findings to the table at work.
You may have already thought of some new year’s resolutions this year, perhaps you’ve already given up, or not bothered at all! Whatever your status at the beginning of this dreary January, there’s no harm in setting yourself some goals and aiming to quietly achieve high!