As 2022 comes to an end, it can be tempting to start slowing down or hold off on making big decisions until after the new year. However, that would be both a mistake and a disservice to all of the hard work you have invested in your career up to this point. Instead of slowing down, use these final months of 2022 to visualize your goals for 2023 and outline the steps you need to take in order to achieve them.
1. Set goals.
Take an honest assessment of the goals you want to achieve in the coming year. Think both personally and professionally. Do you want additional income, to spend more time with family, or change jobs? Based on your current situation, are these goals realistic? Evaluate where you are right now and come up with a multi-step plan that sets you on the path to reaching those goals.
Part of that plan might include joining a professional network, researching remote job opportunities, or taking on new clients as a consultant. Whatever it may be, starting earlier rather than later ensures that you will be prepared when the right opportunity arises.
2. Become a business advisor.
No matter where you are in your career, there is something you know or do better than anyone else. Perhaps you led an unusual project or developed expert-level knowledge of a particular industry, operation, or type of business. Use this knowledge to establish yourself as an advisor and get hired by companies actively seeking advice on business projects and initiatives.
Not only is this a great way to build your credibility and round out your resume, advisory work helps you earn extra income and provides personal fulfilment knowing you are contributing to another company’s success.
3. Make new connections.
Thinking back to your specific goals for 2023, there’s a strong chance that you may be able to reach it sooner or easier by knowing the right people. Maybe you’re looking to raise funds for your startup or considering applying for a C-suite position. Start introducing yourself now to people within the right circles so that when it comes time to make your next move, you will have built a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. Joining a professional network or special interest group is an easy way to expand your network and engage in conversations with people you may never come in contact with otherwise.
4. Develop new skills, or brush up on old ones.
Technology and business trends are constantly evolving, so dedicate time to develop a new skill - or simply brush up on old ones that might needs refreshing. Executive education is one of the best ways to keep your skills and knowledge relevant, which in turn allows you to perform better at work and be a more effective executive.
Several online programs provide robust educational resources specifically for executives to learn best practices, collaborate with other leaders and even gain certifications in new fields. Whether you are listening to webinars, joining roundtable discussions or participating in conferences, developing a broad range of skills and knowledge now can open the door to future opportunities in 2023.
5. Update professional materials.
Comb through your resume and add any new skills or experience that might be missing. Showcase scenarios that demonstrate your leadership abilities as well as your success in problem solving or critical thinking. This also means updating other professional materials, such as re-evaluating your compensation requirements, professional bio, or headshot photo.
Given that most people won’t take the time to research your entire background, be sure to also invest in a professional website. A professional website allows for a more detailed look into the skills or achievements you want to highlight. Plus, you can add links to published articles or projects, videos, creative assets, and more.
Ready to get started on one or more of these steps? AdvisoryCloud makes it easy for professionals to create their individual website, participate in educational courses, connect with fellow executives, and become an advisor. Here’s how you can get started today.
To truly maximize your success in 2023, you must first work to be positive and optimistic about the future throughout 2022. Do not let fear or uncertainty hold you back from your career dreams in any way. Instead, look at every problem as an opportunity for improvement, and do not be afraid to speak up about what's best for your team. If you make these qualities part of your daily routine now, your 2023 self will thank you for it.
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