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New Year, New Me!

Byline: Emily Osterhaus “New Year, New Me” is such a cliché, but let’s be real, we can all improve ourselves in some way. A lot of people, myself included, say that 2020 was a dumpster fire of a year. With the coming of a new year, we have a clean slate so let’s do our best to make it the best year yet.


I know I always fail miserably with my New Year’s resolutions, so this year I challenge myself (and you) to create a couple of short term goals. This should help you stay on track for the year.


Here are some ideas for some goals you can set for yourself in your workplace:

Learn a new skill that you can use at your workplace. This can be learning a computer programming language such as Java, Python or SQL. Trust me, it will be worth it. This can also be actually learning how to use Excel instead of faking it. Or learn a second language.

  1. Read a career- related book that will develop your skills and hone your craft. Here are some that I recommend:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

  • The Art of Being Indispensable at Work by Bruce Tulgan

  • Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business, and Life by Rory Sutherland

  • No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to have a Great Career by Larry Smith

Update your Resume. You probably haven’t looked at your resume in a while, let’s beef it up a little bit. With your new skills, you should seriously be putting them on your resume.


Find a mentor. There should be someone you look up to in a professional sense. Take it a step further and ask them to be your mentor. They can help you in so many ways!


Update your professional headshot. Your headshot needs updating, no question about it. We all know someone with an iPhone or a nice camera, if you don’t have one yourself, so ask a friend to help you. Pick a neutral background, pick an appropriate outfit, and smile!


Join a professional organization. While these almost always have a membership fee, they can be a good way to meet like- minded people. It always looks good on your resume too.


Actually get to work or sign onto work on time. Now I’m not saying I’m perfect, but at least I’m punctual. I’m the kind of person that believes that 15 minutes early is on time, and ‘on time’ is late. Take this as you will, but I’ve never heard anyone, in a positive way, that someone is always late.

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