Every year, people all over the globe make resolutions to lose weight, quit a bad habit, eat healthier or any number of promises they make to themselves to improve some aspect of their lives. 

While these are all great things to strive for, make sure one of your New Year’s resolutions focuses on improving your career. Here are some career-focused resolutions you should make for 2022:

Learn a New Skill

Lifelong learning is truly the key to success. If you stop learning new skills, you can’t expect your career to move forward. Don’t stay stagnant in 2022 — make a vow to learn at least one new skill in the new year. 

Luckily, there are many avenues through which you can learn a new skill. There are a number of online courses you can take through sites such as LinkedIn Learning. There are also multiple universities that offer online certifications or graduate degrees that work for any busy schedule.

If online learning isn’t your thing, reach out to your local university to see what continuing education courses they offer. 

However you choose to learn a new skill, your career will certainly benefit from it.

Revamp Your Resume

The new year is a great time to start fresh with a resume that is optimized for success. Even if you are not actively looking for a new job, it’s important to always have your resume ready in case an opportunity arises. 

Make sure all the information on your resume is up to date. Have you learned any new skills? Have you taken on new responsibilities at your current job? Does your resume include keywords that will help you pass through an applicant tracking system? 

If you think your resume could use a refresh, check out 5 ways you can quickly improve your resume.

Read a Career-Boosting Book Each Quarter 

Reading a book is a great way to learn a new skill or improve your general business knowledge. In 2022, challenge yourself to read at least one new book that will help improve your career each quarter.

Not sure where to start? Check out our recommendations for business books everyone should read.

Improve Your Career 

The recent pandemic has caused many to reevaluate their career. If you haven’t done this yet, the new year is a perfect time to take stock of your career. 

Are you where you want to be at this stage in life? Do you feel supported by your coworkers and your boss? Are you getting the salary you feel you deserve? 

As you evaluate the current state of your career, don’t sell yourself short. You owe it to yourself to achieve satisfaction in your career. If you feel you can find better pay, benefits, or a work/life balance elsewhere, don’t hesitate to make a change. 

If you’re ready to explore other career opportunities, Burchard & Associates can help. We help accounting & finance professionals in the St. Louis area find the next step in their careers. Check out our available opportunities or contact us today to learn how we can help.