4 Career To-Dos Before Ringing in the New Year

Posted by The Editors on December 28, 2011
4 Career To-Dos Before Ringing in the New Year
It’s that time of year again. Time to dust off your dancing shoes and that list of to-dos from last year’s resolutions, because the New Year is right around the corner!

Instead of suggesting a list of career resolutions, here are a few things to check off before ringing in 2012 along with some fine bubbly and loved ones.

For whatever reason—call it sentimentality—people love to reconnect with long-lost friends, old flames, and distant relatives just before the New Year. This is a great habit to continue (on a regular basis) but for those who feel they need an excuse to pick up the phone, there’s no better time to do it than around the New Year. Everyone appreciates a fresh start and new opportunities to grow their network.

Update Your Resume
A new year means a new start, so give your resume a makeover—or at least a face-lift. If you’re feeling trendy or particularly daring, try going another route like the video resume or at least making your resume available online. If you’re more interested in some touch-ups, try these quick tips. If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, make sure you add recent work accomplishments or that new title you’ve just been awarded.

Be Your Best Self
This could be as simple as a haircut or a spiritual cleanse with the help of a good yoga instructor. The point is, when it comes time to brush off the holiday daze and jump back into job hunting or everyday work, you want to feel and look your best. So shine your shoes and get a good night’s sleep, because once the New Year rolls in, it’s back to business.

Friend A Few People (Online or in Person)
Have a goal number in mind if you plan on trying this out, and since there’s only a week left until next year, be realistic. I’m always practicing my people skills, whether I’m waiting for the train, working in the office, or walking on the street. Most people’s jobs require them to interact with others on a daily basis and to be the best at it means practicing every day. If you’re someone who tends to clam up and get nervous during interviews or business meetings, definitely give this a try. Practice makes perfect and it’s just another opportunity to enhance your network. You never know who you’ll run into.

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