2011 Career Resolutions

Happy new year! As we all know, this is a convenient time to make new personal resolutions. If you’re like me, you’ve started to hit the gym again and you’re more likely to share delicious baked goods with your roommate.

The new year is also a great time to think about your professional goals. Whether you’re a freshman deciding on internships or an alum starting a new career, use this time to think about where you are in your career and what steps you need to take to bring it to the next level.

Here are some sample career resolutions to consider:

  • Maintain old relationships and build new ones. We know that networking is a critical aspect of career exploration and job searching. In 2011, keep in touch with personal contacts you’ve made over the years to learn more about what they do and what career-related information they can share. Use in-person and online networking opportunities to meet new people who can also offer their experiences.
  • Develop a resume that best highlights skills and experiences. Think about your resume as your personal marketing tool. In that frame of mind, does it accurately represent who you are and the talents you bring to the table? Think beyond the duties of the jobs and internships you’ve previously held and consider what you actually accomplished and what skills you developed. Reflect your skills and accomplishments on your resume to catch the attention of employers.
  • Find new ways to develop needed skills. In an earlier post we talked about some skills you’ve gained here at AU that will help you in a career. While AU does a great job of preparing you for the real world, you can still pursue other opportunities to develop professionally. For example, if you’d like to improve your writing, consider penning book reviews on Amazon or contributing to a blog. If you’d like to work on your interpersonal communication skills, join a group on- or off-campus and get some practice conversing with others.
  • Consult with a career advisor. The AU Career Center is here to help you in your career journey. Speak with an advisor about where you are now and where you’d like to go. Ask for guidance in your search for the right job or internship.

What resolutions do you have for your career or internship search? How do you plan to meet your goals for 2011?