Five Strategies for Job Success in 2016
I love the start of a New Year: it signifies an opportunity for growth, change, and a chance for a fresh start. For some, the New Year ignites a desire for change/promotion within their company. For others, it means leaving their current employer to seek job opportunities elsewhere. According to Monster, the first Wednesday in January is the most popular day for people to look for a job: 70% more people conduct a job search on this day than any other day of the year! And according to a December 2015 survey conducted by CareerBuilder, more than one in five employees (21%) are planning to leave their current employer in 2016.
Whether you are looking for new opportunities at work or setting-up shop elsewhere, consider these five strategies for job success in 2016.
- Challenge Yourself: Often we ‘self-edit’ and limit ourselves to roles and tasks that we know we can easily perform. Consider taking more risks in 2016 by seeking opportunities for which you may not feel qualified. To grow professionally, it is important to challenge yourself. Step out of your comfort zone and watch yourself reach higher professional levels and achieve bigger goals.
- Seek a mentor: Find someone who is where you want to be and learn as much as possible as you can from him or her. Mentors are the surest way to speed-up your personal and professional development. Think about the people you admire and those who have qualities that you’d like to emulate in business and in life, and ask to be their protégé. For tips on finding a mentor, check out this article by Forbes.
- Invest in Learning: One of my favourite quotes by Jim Rohn is “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.” In today’s knowledge age, learning will give you leverage over others in the workplace. This year, dedicate time to developing personal and professional mastery. Read books and engage in learning activities that will not only develop your area of specialty, but also enable you to become a better version of yourself.
- Stay Positive: The outside world is often a reflection of the way we feel on the inside. When we think negative thoughts, the way we interpret our world externally will also be negative. Don’t wait or expect conditions to improve externally: remember that positivity is an ‘inside job’. Successful people generally demonstrate a positive attitude, which invariably leads to positive results in their lives. For tips on staying positive this year, read this article on the Tiny Buddha blog.
- Be a Leader: ‘Leadership’ is not confined to management positions: everyone in a workplace can be a leader. Leaders tap into their full potential and those of others in order to achieve collective success. In 2016, demonstrate leadership by being proactive, reliable, and accountable. Offer ideas and solutions – don’t only highlight problems. Go above and beyond and deliver value in everything you do. Robin Sharma [link to: http://www.robinsharma.com], the author of “The Leader Who Had No Title” summed up leadership best when he said: “No job is just a job, unless it’s viewed as just a job. All work is a platform to express creative potential, offer value and make a unique contribution…we each face a choice each day… we can play a victim or we can step up to leadership. And in this messy, disrupted world we now work within, leadership at every level has become the single best way to win.