We can help you achieve your New Year’s resolution
A new year means new beginnings—and new resolutions.
So as you say goodbye to last year and look ahead to the next, you’ve probably started to give some thought to things you can do to improve your life in 2017. Perhaps you’re hoping to lose a few pounds or save a lot of bucks. And possibly you have a few career-related resolutions on the docket as well, like getting a raise, getting a promotion or even getting a new job.
While it’s not typically very easy to hold on to your New Year’s resolution much past January—the best laid plans!—we’ve got a tip for you: Finding the right job can often help you live your resolution for the long haul.
Below you’ll find Monster’s guidance for 10 popular career resolutions. Because whatever you want for your new year, we want to help you get it. (Unless, of course, you want to ride a narwhal or motorcycle across the chasm of the Grand Canyon. That’s out of our league.)
“I want to get a new job”
So you’re committed to a new job in the new year? Good for you, and you’ve certainly come to the right place. Check out our three part series on getting the job of your dreams in 2017, starting with getting your resume in shape, followed by advice on how to find the right job and concluding with a piece on how to get said job. The Tl;dr version: Take advantage of our free resume critique, definitely upload your resume to Monster so recruiters can find you and sign up for job alerts (on any job search results page) so you can apply within the first 48 hours of a job posting going live. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our Monster 100—the top 100 companies hiring on our site in the month.
“I want to get a promotion”
You say you want to stay with your current employer and rise up the ladder there? Are you sure you don’t want a new job? Ohhhhkay. Fine. We’ve got information for you, too. Check out this article on getting a promotion—and take this quick tip from the piece: The key to being a star performer at any stage in your career is to make the boss happy. Sit down with your manager and set specific goals for yourself.
“I want to make/save more money”
Who doesn’t want to see more money in their paycheck? (That was a rhetorical question, by the way.) Earning more money can also help you save more money without feeling the pinch. And we have a couple different strategies up our sleeves for how you can up your income in 2017.
Willing to change careers? Check out these 10 average paying jobs that ramp up to six-figures, six high-satisfaction jobs that pay over $100K or 10 low-stress high-paying gigs. Looking for a new job? Negotiate as much money as you can before you accept. Watch Monster career expert Vicki Salemi answer all of your salary and negotiation questions here. Want to get a raise in your current gig? Follow the tips in “I want a promotion” above.
For additional tips and tricks, you can check out the rest of our career advice on salary and benefits here.
“I want to meet new work contacts”
Rather than going into hibernation this winter, you’ve resolved to get out there, shake some hands, exchange a few business cards and possibly attend a networking event or two. We know, we know, nobody likes networking, but you know that part of finding a new job is making new connections and you never know who you’ll meet. If you need a little motivation to get out the door or don’t know how to break the ice (we’re talking to you, introverts), check out this article for some of our best strategies for meeting new work contacts, and on your commute there, you can listen to our podcast for additional tips for schmoozing with professionals in your field.
“I want better work-life balance or less work stress”
So work pretty much ruled your life last year? Skipping lunch, burning the midnight oil and (eventually) heading home still stressed out from your day were your primary activities, along with canceling dinner plans and missing the big game on Sunday because of work.
If you’ve vowed to not let that be the case this year, you can start by checking out our advice on achieving work-life balance and managing work-related stress. Or, you can take our advice for talking to your boss about working on a more flexible schedule. Or, you might want to consider finding a new job. We have jobs at a handful of companies on Monster that offer unlimited vacation days, so you can spend more time with your family, friends or just doing what you love. You can also check out employee reviews for other companies in your industry to see whether any of them have a less stress-inducing culture.
“I want to travel more for work”
So you’re looking for a change of scenery—but you’re talking about something a little more than switching to the cubicle by the window. If you’re looking to satisfy your wanderlust, why not take your work international and get paid to travel the globe? Before you start packing your bags, you can check out our list of seven companies that will send you abroad for a year or two or five jobs for people who love to travel.
“I want to learn a new language”
Instead of “hello,” do you wish you could say “hola,” “bonjour” or “konnichiwa” to your co-workers every morning? Maybe you should check out a job overseas. After all, there’s no better way to learn a language than to immerse yourself in it.
“I want to do more good in the world”
Making the world a better place can seem like quite an ambitious resolution to make, but it can actually be as easy as finding a new job at a nonprofit or a company that has a mission to do good. You can start by checking out these nine companies on Monster that are known for having a socially conscious culture and a passion for social justice issues.
And if you need more help finding a company with a good conscience beyond that, check out this article for some tips on connecting with companies that best align with your values.
In the meantime while you’re searching for that perfect match, racking up some volunteer hours can help you stand out to future employers.
“I want to learn more marketable skills”
If you want to keep your current skills sharp or add new ones to your arsenal, Monster offers two options for online courses: Via Skillshare, Monster members can gain access to 10,000 courses for $0.99 for three months. At Udemy, you can pay by the class, and each course is about $15 apiece. On either site, classes are taught by expert instructors on a variety of topics ranging from Photoshop and C++ to public speaking and money management.
“I want to lose weight”
What, you didn’t think we could help with that? Think again. We’ve got seven companies with great wellness initiatives and seven jobs for fitness nuts. Work out while you work and you can kill two birds with one stone—a stone being equal to about 14 pounds, of course.