New Year, New Job: 9 Ways to Make 2014 the Best Year Ever

Here are nine ways to make 2014 the best, most productive, and most fulfilling year of your entire career. You may have a job right now or you may be unemployed. You may be working in a less-than-perfect position, or you may be daydreaming about a future that looks far different than the present. No matter what your circumstances may be, here are a few tips that can help you stop daydreaming and start moving:1. Find a role model. And remember, you don’t have to have just one mentor or model who offers everything you need. Choose Sally for her confidence, Steve for his diplomacy, Thor for his ability to stay cool under pressure, Xena for her leadership style, etc., etc. In fact, consider finding something to admire in every person you work with or engage with on a daily basis.2. Tune out messages that don’t work for you. Just stop listening. You’re a grown-up now, which means other people don’t get to tell you how you should feel or what you should want. If “society” is telling you that you should make more money, work longer hours, work shorter hours, care more about this and less about that, want this, worry about that, etc., etc., it’s time to hit the mute button. You’ve earned this right. You don’t need to have your feelings dictated to you anymore (if you ever did).3. Be loyal to yourself. Stand up for your interests. If you’ve been passed over for a promotion, it’s time to start looking for a company that will give your work the respect it deserves. The same applies to raises, transfers, and other opportunities. Stop waiting to be recognized and hit the road.4. Be fearless. Choose one fearless act, and tackle it head on.  If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to make a move, the moment is now. It’s always now.5. Rewrite your resume. Don’t just edit the one you have—open a blank document and start from scratch.6. Adjust your benchmarks. If you were practicing your musical instrument for 10 minutes a day, raise that to 20 minutes. If you were practicing for zero minutes a day, bring that number to 10.7. Read. Read at least one printed article, a blog, or a book chapter related to your professional field every single day. Set aside time for this in the evening or at lunch. If you read at least one complete written piece every single day, you’ll recalibrate your thoughts in that direction and you’ll put yourself on the fast track to total expertise.8. Stretch and exercise at least a little bit every day. This isn’t about strength or losing weight—it’s about blood circulation and mental health. Put the body in motion and the mind will follow.9. Put yourself on hold for at least five minutes every day. Found are those who lose themselves in the problems of others.

Stop Waiting & Start Acting

Don’t wait for opportunity to come to you—go out and find it! The right attitude can take you where you need to go, and so can a strong resume. MyPerfectResume can provide the resources and formatting tools you need to shake things up, take the next step, and put your career in motion.