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Robert Half Identifies Six Career Resolutions and Tips for Keeping Them

As they head into 2012, office workers all over the UK will be re-evaluating and re-setting their professional career goals. But how many of these resolutions will survive past February? Phil Sheridan, Managing Director at Robert Half UK offers insight into how to follow through with career resolutions.

"January is a perfect time to set and re-evaluate resolutions, including career goals," Sheridan said. "But too often New Year's resolutions are things that go in one year and out the other.  By breaking down goals into measurable, achievable action items, job seekers have a better chance of finding success in January and throughout the year."

Phil Sheridan highlights six common career-related resolutions and offers tips for making them stick in 2012:

1.      'I want a new job.' Schedule time each week to revise your CV, extend your LinkedIn profile, research new job opportunities and set up meetings with business contacts, including recruiters who specialise in your field. Reassess these goals monthly, and reward yourself when you meet key milestones.

2.      'I want to build my network.' Join at least one professional association, and attend meetings regularly. At work, foster your internal network by joining cross-departmental teams and participating in companywide activities.

3.      'I want to enhance my marketability.' Pursue a qualification, learn a new software application or take a course to develop your skill set. Consider pursuing a leadership role with an industry or professional association or volunteering with a nonprofit group whose cause you are passionate about.

4.      'I want to improve my work performance.' Meet with your boss to identify areas for improvement and establish career objectives. Offer to take on a project outside your job description, and look for opportunities to help colleagues who are carrying a heavy workload.

5.      'I want a promotion.' Set up a meeting with your manager to discuss your career objectives and the ways in which you can bring more value to your firm in an advanced position. If a promotion isn't available immediately, work with your boss to identify the steps necessary to achieve one.

6.      'I want a raise.' Research salary trends -- for example, consult industry resources such as the annual Salary Guide &lt  from Robert Half to determine average pay rates for someone in your position. Then, present a business case to your supervisor for why you deserve a boost in pay. While many companies still may not be in a position to give raises, you may be able to negotiate other perks, such as a flexible schedule, in the interim.


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