New Year, New Opportunities #freelance #groom #newyear
Written on December 30, 2017 at 10:33 am
We can hardly believe it: 2017 is almost over! As the calendar flips over into January, we all start thinking about that cliché of a New Year’s resolution – the thing we inevitably give up on by February but really wish we could achieve. Well, at Career Grooms we’re giving a helping hand with one of the most common resolutions: finding a better job or advancing in your current role.
These tips will help those both who are looking for a new job and those who are happy where they are now. Moving to a new employer isn’t always the best option if you’re loving your current job – maybe you just need a bit of renegotiation to make it even better!
1) How are you doing?
This first tip is about perspective. Try to think objectively about how you are performing at work – what could you do better, where could you learn new skills and what do you do brilliantly already? Feedback can be a great help with this, so try asking your employer, boss or co-workers for some quick feedback, both positive and negative. Often we are our own worst critics and can fail to see the bigger picture, so you may be surprised at what great things come back!
2) Where could you go?
Now that you have some perspective on your role, think about where you’d like to be in future. For many people, the idea of doing this either draws a blank or has them running in the other direction, but it can be as simple or detailed as you’d like. Maybe you’d like to be running your own yard in five years, or maybe you’d just like to get your license for a bigger lorry so you can travel to more competitions. Think about what you’re happy with about your current job and skill set, and what you’d like these to be. Once you have your goals you can then figure out a realistic timeline for achieving them, which can be as pressured (or not!) as you’d like it to be.
3) Who’s in charge?
The most successful people in any career are those who go after their goals. Whether it’s taking the initiative to leave a job you’re unhappy in, or sitting your boss down to discuss your contract, nothing will happen unless you start the ball rolling. Don’t be passive in your own life and don’t accept ‘good enough’ as, well, good enough. For example, if you want to advance to a more senior position, set up regular catch-ups with your boss to discuss how you’re getting on and set targets to ensure you’re making progress.
4) Work-life balance
Being committed and hard-working is the hallmark of a great employee, but don’t be so absorbed in your work that you forget to enjoy it or take care of yourself. This is particularly important for grooms as we tend to be at work longer, more frequently and doing harder physical work than other people. Remember to take a step back every now and then and treat yourself to an early night or a day away from horses doing something you really enjoy. You’ll return to work feeling refreshed and will perform all the better for it.
Remember Career Grooms is always here for help, advice and great job opportunities to match your new year plan. We wish you all a very happy New Year, and look forward to helping you find your perfect job in 2018!
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