Job Resolutions: Goals For the New Year

Job resolutions are a good way of pinning down what you really think you should do about your job, your career, or your job hunting. Following up on job resolutions is a matter of effort, and like most resolutions, you can discover a lot about how you do things in the process.

Job Resolution Examples

A typical job resolution needs to be more demanding than “get a job” or “get a better job." Those are actually pretty vaguely defined, non-specific resolutions, and they’re the sort that really just reaffirm something you were already thinking about.

The advantage of specific job resolutions is the fact that you have to figure out how to make them work. They require thought and application.

Example 1

A retail sales person makes a resolution to become a manager. This is both a job-related and career goal, and it involves a lot of practical work.

  • Retail management skills requirements
  • Study and qualifications
  • Job options and opportunities
  • Getting experience and learning the role

The advantage of this resolution is that whatever happens, that person will gain qualifications, experience, and generally advance themselves. In job terms, the promotion track also involves immediate benefits and some useful new entries on the resume.

Job resolutions can open up a lot of opportunities, if you pick the right concept. Sales jobs are the classic instance of a type of job which is highly mobile, and where some determination to achieve a result can really make a big difference.

Example 2

Salesperson A, a highly experienced sales rep, decides to develop their job into a multi role independent operation as a job resolution. This often works in sales, because salespeople base their work very much on time and motion. The more options for sales, the better they do. This idea is a definite possibility.

The approach is systematic, and not confined to the current sales job. Salesperson A works with an electrical goods distributor and has been seeing sales opportunities outside the frame of the sales job for a while. Salesperson A also has a lot of contacts in the industry, and knows how to network.

A few phone calls, sales presentations and emails later on her own time, Salesperson A’s new lines of sales are ready to roll and 6 months later, the job has effectively become a business. The resolution in this case was based on a practical idea, with a big developmental component.

These jobs, in both cases were the catalysts and the knowledge bases for the resolution. Jobs provide a lot of professional skills, and making use of them and developing them is one of the functions of a job resolution.

Elements of a Job Resolution

These are the guidelines of a good working job resolution.

  • Is the resolution practical?
  • What’s your time frame?
  • Does the resolution provide benefits at all stages?
  • Do you have a clear vision of how you’re going to achieve the resolution?
  • Does it require time or money management, and if so, are you clear how to manage those issues?

Your job resolution may be a lot easier to achieve than you might think. It’s a question of how to achieve your aims. Obstacles to achievement can always be avoided or planned out of the equation. Don’t decide something’s impossible without checking your options.