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The Career Countdown

3, 2, 1… Let’s make 2018 the most successful year yet!

The New Year is a bit like birthdays, it’s a time to reflect on where you started and how far you’ve come. What did 2017 bring you? Did you achieve everything you wanted to do? If not, that’s okay too… That’s what 2018 is for!

I’m going to share some tips with you on how to make this New Year your most successful year yet.

Let’s get that countdown started!

10. Map out your plans

The first step is to know what you want to achieve and how you’re going to achieve it. Write down what your perfect life would look like and the steps to make it happen.

9. Mix and Mingle

Networking is a great way to put yourself out there. Meeting new people outside of your social circle can be hard for most but you need to get out of your comfort zone. Networking is a fantastic tool that helps to broaden opportunities and opens your mindset to new possibilities.

8. It’s all about presence

Do you have a skill or passion that needs to be shared? Are you an expert in your industry? Share your career journey through a blog, social media posts, video blogs or webinar. Offer to mentor others and share your experiences. If you are newer in the industry or just starting off your career, get involved in a mentoring program where you can learn from your peers in the industry. Take advantage of leaders who are open to taking the time to help you grow and develop.

7. Early bird gets the worm

Get up and do the things that make you feel great first thing in the morning. No work allowed. This is a time for exercise, journal writing, reading, meditation, painting… Anything that will get you motivated and feeling fresh for the day ahead.

6. Stay fit

We all know about the benefits of staying fit and healthy. If you don’t like exercise, you should try to find something physical that you enjoy. Swimming, hiking, dancing, boxing… Add this into your everyday routine, in the end it won’t feel like much of an effort to keep it up. You’ll look and feel good too – and there is nothing better than a confidence boost!

5. Make it happen

Stay focused and don’t worry about what others will think or say. After all, this is your journey. Be aware of what’s going on around you, look, listen and see if opportunities arise. Then back yourself and grab them with both hands!  

4. Listen

To make opportunities happen for yourself, you have to be aware of your surroundings. Listen to what is happening around you. Your manager may be struggling to complete a project - this could be your time to shine by offering to help. Always be willing to take that extra five minutes to support the people around you, you never know where it could lead.

3. Deadline your goals

“A goal without a deadline is just a dream.” ~ Robert Herjavec

Most of us need a deadline to keep our goals on track. We all need something to strive for, so make sure you create a timeline. It’s important to make sure you set realistic targets; otherwise you’ll ultimately let yourself down in the process and be stressed trying to complete your goals.

2. Show Initiative

In your plans for success, one of the most important traits you can have is initiative. Initiative is the “ability to assess and initiate things independently.” Without asking what you can do for others take a step back, look at what’s needed and offer to do that task. This is also important for managing upwards, understand your manager’s needs and expectations. By doing this you’ll be prepared in advance and can anticipate any questions or tasks your manager may have. Wouldn’t it be nice to say, that you’ve completed the task before they’ve asked?

1. Reward yourself

Most importantly, make sure to reward yourself for all your efforts. Every time you reach a new goal, acknowledge it. Give yourself that well deserved pat on the back and reward yourself something. You can start with a small treat or gift at first and then progress to bigger rewards as you tick your goals off the list. This process will ensure you stay motivated, push you to keep going and ultimately achieve your goals!

I hope 2018 is your most rewarding and successful year yet!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

About The Author – Lauren Stuckey

Lauren Stuckey, Senior Recruitment Consultant, has been with PKL Recruitment since 2009 and currently managing a temporary desk. Having had two maternity breaks between 2013-2015, she would be happy to discuss how PKL Recruitment have worked to build a flexible working relationship to support her successful work and home life. Contact Lauren directly at lauren.stuckey@pkl.com.au or on LinkedIn.

New (Financial) Year, New You!

Because sometimes you need to push the reset button

You may have already made your new years resolutions in January; however I find that the new financial year is a great time to re-evaluate your career and push the reset button on your goals.

Here are my top 10 new financial year resolutions for 2017-18:

1. Update your resume

Even if you’re not looking for a new job, It’s always best to keep your resume current; it’s easier to update as you go along!

2. Clean up your online profiles

Are you comfortable with a potential employer seeing what’s on your Facebook or Instagram accounts? It’s a good idea to think about what career you’d like to get into, ask yourself what’s your personal brand and the image that you’d want to portray?

3. Make a wish list

What are the companies you’d like to work for? Do your research to see if the culture and values match you.

4. Widen your skillset

Taking action when it comes to your own training and development can open up plenty of doors. It’s as easy as taking short courses, webinars or workshops. Because you can never have enough skills.

5. Network

Sign up for networking groups, get you out there! You never know who you might meet. If it’s an industry-related group this is your perfect opportunity to ask questions about a career path that interest you and what you need to do to get there.

6. Find a mentor

Everyone needs a mentor, they provide the guidance, support and experience to help you to perform better at work.

7. Create a 5-year career plan

Whether it’s creating a vision board, making a list or timeline, It’s always good to get clarity on where you’d like to see yourself in the next 5 years and the steps you have to take to get there!

8. Stay fit

Exercise lowers stress, lifts your mood and keeps you healthy, need I say more!?

9. Do something scary

Yes, you read correctly! Do something scary… That means, get out there and push yourself to do something you wouldn’t normally feel comfortable doing, this could be; public speaking, meeting a new group of people, participating in extreme sports or volunteering. It’s an amazing feeling to get the heart pumping and push yourself to achieve something that you’re most afraid of!

10. Make time for play

Last but definitely not the least, in fact it’s my top resolution goal. We get so caught up in achieving, succeeding or working that we forget to have fun while we accomplish our goals… Go the beach, catch up with friends or family, play sport, do what makes you feel alive. Because, life’s too short to spend it stressing about the future!

About the author - Rachel Stefanovski

Rachel Stefanovski is the General Manager of PKL Recruitment, leading the NSW and VIC state offices. Rachel takes great satisfaction in setting a strong and motivated team culture through engaging with intelligent and driven recruitment consultants. Contact Rachel directly via LinkedIn or rachel.stefanovski@pkl.com.au