10 ca­reer res­o­lu­tions you can ab­so­lutely ac­com­plish in 2019

Achiev­ing these goals will make your ca­reer flour­ish in the New Year.

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It’s that time of year again—time to set those New Year goals. At this point, though, you know the drill: You set a goal (no more carbs!), stick to it for a month (if you’re lucky), and then re­vert to your old habits. In fact, US News & World Re­port found that roughly 80% of res­o­lu­tions fail by the sec­ond week of Fe­bru­ary, so the odds are against you. This doesn’t mean you’re doomed to fail, but it does mean you need to be re­al­is­tic. Your sights must be set on tar­gets that are within your reach. Be­ware bit­ing off more than you can chew. To help you in­crease your awe­some­ness this year, Mon­ster com­piled 10 achiev­able res­o­lu­tions that are suit­able for ev­ery in­dus­try and ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence level.

1. Pay at­ten­tion

If you’ve been do­ing the same job for a while, it’s easy to let your­self coast—and let your skills de­vel­op­ment fall by the way­side. The so­lu­tion? Treat ev­ery work­day like a school day. Adopt a growth mind­set, aim to learn some­thing each day—it doesn’t even have to re­late to your skills set—just keep your brain in learn­ing mode.

2. Look for the next rung

If you want to get pro­moted this year, don’t just sit back and wait for your boss to tap you on the shoul­der. Cre­ate your own op­por­tu­ni­ties by meet­ing with your man­ager to get clar­ity on what you need to do to up­grade your po­si­tion within the com­pany. But re­mem­ber to take small, achiev­able steps. All those small steps add up.

3. Make your boss look good

By help­ing your boss hit her goals, she’ll be more mo­ti­vated to help you achieve yours. “Find out how your boss is judged and how she gets a bonus,” says Larry Myler, au­thor of In­dis­pens­able by Mon­day: Learn the ProfitPro­duc­ing Be­hav­iors That Will Help Your Com­pany and Your­self. Of­ten­times, these are fi­nan­cial tar­gets, so un­der­stand how to help your man­ager hit them.

4. Pick projects with max­i­mum im­pact

One of the best ways to gain vis­i­bil­ity within your com­pany and be­come known as a leader is by mak­ing no­tice­able con­tri­bu­tions on big projects. There­fore, find out what high-pro­file projects are in the works this year, and ask if there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for you to play a part on them.

5. Stretch your role

The last thing you want to be is a ham­ster on a wheel at your job—clock­ing in and clock­ing out with­out push­ing your­self. Step out­side your com­fort zone and take on new re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to gain the ex­pe­ri­ence you need to climb the ranks. Show­ing that kind of ini­tia­tive will also make you more valu­able to your em­ployer. Come up with your own ideas, and work with your man­ager to im­ple­ment them.

6. Man­age up

Build­ing a great re­la­tion­ship with your boss is para­mount. Af­ter all, the per­son who signs off on your per­for­mance re­views can help or hin­der your ca­reer tra­jec­tory. One ap­proach to manag­ing up: Find out what keeps your boss up at night, rec­om­mends Morag Bar­rett, CEO of HR and lead­er­ship con­sul­tancy Skye Team. Once you’ve iden­ti­fied these is­sues, make your man­ager’s life eas­ier by of­fer­ing to pitch in.

7. Man­age across

Whether you get along with your co-work­ers can im­prove or im­pair your job per­for­mance, es­pe­cially on group projects. To cozy up to col­leagues, be a team player by giving co-work­ers credit when it’s due, en­gag­ing with your peers out­side of work (do­ing so builds rap­port), and pro­vid­ing these folks with emo­tional sup­port dur­ing hard times. “If you can work more ef­fec­tively with oth­ers, you’re go­ing to build mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships that can help you long term,” says Joyce Rus­sell, dean at the Vil­lanova School of Busi­ness.

8. Be a bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tor

Want to be liked? Be a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor. That means re­turn­ing emails and calls promptly, let­ting co-work­ers know what you’re up to, and ask­ing peo­ple where they’re at on their own projects. Talk to peo­ple; give them a heads up when you’ll be un­avail­able so they’re not left hang­ing. And when some­one helps you out, be sure to thank them.

9. Cre­ate work-life bal­ance

All work and no play can make life a chore— if you’re mis­er­able at work, your ca­reer could stall out. The moral? Work hard, but don’t wear your­self out. Carve out time for friends and fam­ily. And don’t for­get to take your va­ca­tion days (52% of em­ploy­ees left un­used va­ca­tion time on the ta­ble in 2017, the U.S. Travel As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Project Time Off study found).

10. Be open to out­side op­por­tu­ni­ties

Whether or not you’re not happy at your job, you should be keep­ing your eyes open for new op­por­tu­ni­ties re­gard­less. You risk noth­ing by ap­ply­ing to jobs that seem like they’d be a good fit. Pressed for time? Need help? There’s a very sim­ple so­lu­tion: Join Mon­ster for free to­day. As a mem­ber, you can up­load up to five ver­sions of your re­sume—each tai­lored to the types of jobs that in­ter­est you. Re­cruiters search Mon­ster ev­ery day look­ing to fill top jobs with qual­i­fied can­di­dates, just like you. Ad­di­tion­ally, you can get job alerts sent di­rectly to your in­box to cut down on time spent look­ing through ads.

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