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10 Quick Things to Help Improve Your Career Before Year-End


We all get stuck in a rut at some point in our careers. Caught up in our day to day. With the end of 2019 in full view, here's a quick list of some actions you can take to improve your career prospects or day to day job life as you move into 2020. At best, give yourself something new to try or an idea could spring forth of something specific you can do at your organization. Good luck!

  1. Ask your manager what you can take off their plate. Do it. Follow through.

  2. Schedule time with your HR rep to ask about a company process you need to better understand. (i.e. benefits open enrollment, employee referral program, tuition reimbursement, etc)

  3. Speaking of which, Open Enrollment is coming up for most organizations. Review your benefits and retirement contributions now to determine where you need to make changes and improvements in coverage.

  4. Talk to the specific hiring manager about an internal role you're interested in (confidentially) or upcoming opportunities across the organization for next year.

  5. Write a job description of the work you'd really like to do. Figure out what elements of it you can start doing now. Go do it.

  6. Write down a repeatable process or ask your team what processes should be in writing and where they should be kept. Think about how this information will be known, shared, or executed for new hires who join the team, if a team member is out or leaves the organization.

  7. Make it a habit for a solid week to greet everyone you pass, by their name. Hello Carla! Hello Anthony! Keep the habit going.

  8. Put a mirror on your desk. Smile at yourself when you answer the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

  9. We all get stuck in a rut at some point in our careers. Caught up in our day to day. With the end of 2019 in full view, here's a quick list of some actions you can take to improve your career prospects or day to day job life as you move into 2020. At best, give yourself something new to try or an idea could spring forth of something specific you can do at your organization.

  10. Ask to be a part of the interview panel for the hiring of a position in your department.

  11. BONUS TIP: look into what certifications, training programs or courses you take to improve your skill set (LinkedIn Learning, MOOCs, webinars, etc.)


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