With 2016 coming to an end, many of you may already be considering setting a New Year’s resolution. Although some of the most common resolutions concern health and wellness, the New Year is a great opportunity to focus on growing your career.

new-year_resolutions_listPerhaps you want to take on more responsibility through seeking a promotion, serving on a committee, or proposing a special project within your organization. Maybe it’s time to return to school to complete your degree or move forward with applying for a special certification in your sector. Even some thing a simple as creating your LinkedIn account and getting connected through social media may be your goal.

This New Year’s make your career a priority. Set a goal for yourself that focuses on your career growth. Remember to make it a SMART goal – i.e., Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Limited.

Proactive career management is important to keep your skills up to date and to ensure you’re ready and able to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves; it also helps ensure you remain engaged with your work. Taking the time to set a SMART goal this New Year is your first step towards career success in 2017.

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