5 Professional Goals you should have for 2020

It is the time of the year again to ponder over New Year resolutions. Resolutions are goals we use to chart our growth. Serving as a form of guidance, it assures us that the actions we take every step forward through our journey is paving us gradually to what we intend on achieving. While various critics have suggested that only a minority of people who make resolutions stick to them, realistic and practical goals are achievable if you put your mind to it.

New Year, New You

Here are top 5 professional goals that you could set as a benchmark for a promising 2020;

  1. Expand your professional network

One can never doubt the power of a strong professional network to supplement your career success. As you develop relationships with those in within your specialisation and industry, you might just get in touch with potential mentors, upcoming professional development opportunities, or even new job opportunities that are not publicly advertised. You can do this through signing up for upcoming industry and networking events, or roundtables and meet-ups to maximise your chances of meeting the right people at the right time.

To add on, one can also expand your professional network on-the-go in today’s digital era through social media platforms like LinkedIn. Making sure that your profile is beefed up with the most up to date information, optimised with keywords, and presented with a professional profile picture are essential in making a first good impression to hiring managers. Have an open mind when you are approached by recruiters or head-hunters – they might just have a great opportunity on hand that would suit your background and experience.

  1. Revise your CV

Apart from maintaining your Linkedin profile, having a relook at your resume before applying for a job is key to ensure that you are tailoring your CV to the right audience.

Follow these top tips here to make sure that your CV stands out in a pool of applicants!

  1. Ask for that salary raise

Asking for a raise can be a daunting move in your career. However, it does not have to be a conversation just about money. Research has proven that people who ask for what they want have more opportunities to discuss promotion opportunities and career progression.

This conversation opens up a dialogue that may not otherwise take place if you were comfortable at where you are currently. As a bonus, justifying the work you have put into your job can also serve as a clear indicator of leadership qualities. It shows that you are someone who knows what you want, and is determined to take the appropriate steps to get there.

  1. Taking up more responsibility at work

Learning never stops and it is always essential that you acquire new knowledge continuously to stay on top of trends or developments in your field. Being seen as an expert in a particular field can help you gain more opportunities to be involved in new projects in the pipeline.

Proactivity is key – with ample time management, have foresight when it comes to getting work done.

  1. Volunteering for a good cause

There are plenty of reasons to volunteer. Be it if it is for charity, for the community, or just for the health of it, you can contribute to a cause that you care about by using your skills in a productive way.

As part of International Coastal Cleanup Day this 2019, See Xuan Bin, Recruitment Consultant from Real Life Sciences Singapore was down at Tioman Island to participate in the Crown of Thorns clean-up dives and beach clean-up activities.

COT is a starfish that feeds on hard corals and is a serious threat to marine reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. We keep COT outbreaks in check by injecting them with vinegar using a special injection tool.

This could not have been possible without the support of SThree’s CSR Days which allowed me take time away from work to give back to the marine conservation community that I am truly passionate about.


Ready to take on 2020?

The above are just a few goals that can help you start your 2020 on the right foot. At the end of the day, it is always important to reflect on what your purpose is in life, and to set clear and practical targets that can help you reach them.

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