What resolutions are you making this year? The tried-and-true "lose weight" or "read more" options come to mind, but how about some career-oriented resolutions?
Whether you're happy in your current job or looking to move on, these three career resolutions will be sure to motivate, invigorate and ignite your career.
1) I will be in control of my career.
So often, we think of our careers as in someone else's control -- our current employer, potential employers, recruiters, online networking sites -- but that sort of thinking is damaging. Instead, let's think of our careers as ours to control in 2013. This attitude gives professionals confidence and independence, and gives us the chance to manage the constant ebb and flow of our careers, rather than leaving it up to someone else.
2) I will learn to market myself.
Whether you're happily employed or looking for new work, it's important to learn to market yourself -- to tell and show others what your skills and abilities are so that they see you as you want to be seen. There's no absence of helpful information teaching you how to do this on the Internet, so do a search for "personal branding" and get started.
3) I will ask for feedback, regularly.
The yearly performance review just doesn't cut it. In order to better yourself as a professional, and advance your career, you have to know what you're doing well and what you can improve on. Getting feedback doesn't need to be a formal occasion -- check in with your boss monthly or more for a quick assessment of your work on your last project, or with a particular task. And if you don't get the feedback you ask for, at the very least do some self-assessment and be as honest as you can with yourself.
New years bring new beginnings. Embrace your career, take control of it, market yourself, and ask for feedback, and you'll be setting yourself up for career success in 2013.