Be Resolved and Make the Most of 2016

Dear Readers,
Happy New Year, and welcome to the 49th edition of the Acclivity Health Report!!
As we begin 2016, we thought it would be a great time to remind our readers that the New Year brings us the perfect time to take stock of our current career situation, and determine the best plan to grow professionally in the year ahead.  Whether a…

Be Resolved and Make the Most of 2016

Dear Readers,

Happy New Year, and welcome to the 49th edition of the Acclivity Health Report!!

As we begin 2016, we thought it would be a great time to remind our readers that the New Year brings us the perfect time to take stock of our current career situation, and determine the best plan to grow professionally in the year ahead. Whether a pay raise, promotion, or a new career are among your professional resolutions, the 8 tips below may serve as useful in your mission to make 2016 the year for your career!

Also, we have 2 articles in our Ask the Experts section of the issue that our readers should find interesting and useful. For job seekers, we offer advice about some of the pitfalls of depending on the job boards to find their next position. For Hiring Managers, we offer a few tips about onboarding successfully to improve retention of top employees.

Thanks for reading!

Ted French
President & Founder
Acclivity Healthcare

8 Tips to Help Your Career in 2016

  1. SET YOUR CAREER GOALS
    It’s easier than you think! First imagine, then envision your ideal dream job and then work towards it. Determine what specific steps you need to take in order to get there, and then start a strategic journey to make it happen. If you are unsure about the best strategy for you, seek the advice of a trusted peer or experienced Recruiter. You can make anything happen in your life, but only if you believe in it!
  2. BE ALERT AT WORK
    Make sure that each day provides a learning opportunity. Whether it be reading up on industry developments or learning from your most successful colleagues. Don’t just go through the motions at work. Grow and develop every day.
  3. EXPAND YOUR SKILL SET
    Know what your strengths are but also look to develop areas which you perceive as weaknesses. A weakness can always be turned into strength! Keep your resume updated accordingly, so it’s not a headache when it comes to reformatting is specifically for a new position you are trying to land. Make sure your resume reflects your career highlights and achievements, as well as your development and progression so far.
  4. ORGANIZE YOUR PERSONAL WORKSPACE
    This will make life a whole lot easier and far more efficient! Make sure you prioritize important tasks on a daily basis. When we are disorganized, too much time is occupied by things that keep us busy but are not a priority and so we are prevented from using our time in the most beneficial way. You will reap the rewards of good, and consistent, organization!
  5. BE PROACTIVE
    Plan to seek and find and opportunities for professional development. You don’t need to commit much in the way of time or money to benefit from this. In many cases, you can find free resources within your organization, as well on the outside. Make a note of all areas you wish to learn and progress in, and then jump at any chance to receive professional development in that subject.
  6. BE PATIENT
    Be aware that the job of your dreams will not likely come to you overnight, and without effort – but it will be worth the effort hen you do find it. Work steadily and patiently towards what you want to achieve and make the most of every situation on the way, and taking a lesson from every experience, whether it be it positive or negative.
  7. NETWORK
    It is frequently said that it is not what you know but who you know. This highlights the importance of making contacts, reconnecting with fellow professionals, colleagues, friends, and family. Through them you may hear of opportunities which otherwise you would miss. Also, keep your Linkedin profile up to date.
  8. LEAVE A JOB YOU’RE NOT HAPPY IN
    Look for the signals which show that you are not in the right job for you. If every morning is a chore and an effort to go to your job you should start making plans for an escape! Keep your eyes open for other opportunities and be ready!