Archive for December, 2015
It’s the time of year when people start crafting their New Year’s resolutions based upon what is important to them. If you’re thinking about improving your overall happiness, perhaps it’s a great time to start looking for a new job. Workplace happiness plays a big part on your overall health and happiness. It makes no sense to stay in a position that is draining your when there are great opportunities out there. And there are, many HR and payroll positions waiting for the right candidate.
While many will revel in holiday parties and thinking business isn’t going to happen in December, you can be out there applying, interviewing, and negotiating offers.
- The Economy
A few years ago companies were able to keep people in positions that made them unhappy by saying how lucky the employee should feel just to have a job. That’s no longer the case. In November, the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs. And yes, many are HR and payroll jobs. This means that you don’t have to settle. You deserve a career at a company you enjoy working for. As the economy improves companies are also looking to invest in new technology (including HR systems) and are adding back positions that may have been consolidated a few years back.
We’re wrapping up the year with some tips that you could, and we emphasize could use as New Year’s Resolutions.
Put Business Priorities First
It’s easy to do what you love – what’s hard is aligning your priorities and what you do each day. It’s easy to put off the least desirable tasks for late in the day… or tomorrow. Align what you do with what’s most important for your business and your HR/payroll role rather than what you prefer to do. Not sure what your priorities should be? Make lists and track them in a tool like Evernote or Outlook… whether you like it or not, priorities will be self-evident when you take a step back and look at the list.
Don’t Be Complacent
It is easy to become comfortable – it is even good to be thriving in your HR or payroll role. Problem is, comfort can often lead to complacency. Keep challenging yourself in and out of the workplace. Look for HR and payroll professional development opportunities (Willory will be continuing these next year). Make sure you are involved with your local SHRM or APA chapters and other networking groups in HR and payroll to stay current on industry trends. These are also great places to make connections if you decide to start looking for a new position.
Make a Plan
Whether your plan is to move on to another HR or payroll position or simply to grow in your current role, reevaluating your goals each year is an exercise you should undertake. Hove annual goals and break these down with milestones and smaller goals to achieve throughout the year.
As another year draws to a close, you may be taking a step back and considering a job search – at least dipping your toe into looking for an HR/payroll position. Before you jump in, there are several things you will want to do to get ready, and December is a great time to do that.
Cleanup Your Online Presence
Look at your social media and get rid of things that could even be considered borderline controversial and Facebook has pretty intense privacy settings if you use them. Also Google yourself for anything negative and if you find something untrue, try to get it pulled down or plan on how to address it in interviews.
Update Your Resume
We’ve talked about what makes a resume stand out – so don’t just slap your latest job on there and start sending. Spend time to polish your resume and customize it for a few different instances. Back your qualifications up with data and achievements. And of course make sure your resume is error-free and grammatically correct.