In addition to losing weight, smoking less and spending more time with family – many people will vow to improve their professional lives in 2013.

According to research, one of most popular New Year’s resolutions is career or job-related. However, in the busy months that follow most of these goals are forgotten and never achieved. So, if you’re determined to make a career-change this year then read through our ten tips below to ensure you stay on the right track to achieve your goals.

1. Explore career options

Before the year takes off, reflect on your job by asking yourself these questions: Does my current position utilize my professional abilities and talents? Am I maximizing my earning potential? Am I doing something I’m really passionate about? If the answer is an overwhelming “no,” to all 3 then assess your work style and personal characteristics and discover a career field that highlights them.

2. Brush up on job skills

On the other hand, if your career suits you, take time to become even better at what you do. Complete the latest training and update your industry expertise. With an Internet connection, workforce development is at your fingertips from the comfort of home. Find convenient options that will bolster your skill sets and strengthen your CV.

3. Meet with your manager

Instead of guessing at your strengths and weaknesses; gain the input you need directly from your manager. Schedule an informal lunch or sit down over coffee to get their opinion on skills that will boost your advancement possibilities. Meeting regularly to review performance will help you stick to your goals and set priorities.

4. Set realistic career goals

Identify what you want to accomplish professionally in 2013 and write them down in order of priority. Your goals may include improving current work performance, being promoted to a job that you’re qualified for or making a complete career switch. Just make sure each goal is specific and attainable.

5. Establish a plan of action

Think of the required steps you need to take to get your 2013 career goals underway, and put them down on paper. Give yourself deadlines to follow, but keep them realistic. Remember that becoming CEO of a company does not happen overnight.

6. Start preparing now

What are you waiting for? January is a perfect time to kick-stat your to-do list with actions. Make a list of career challenges to conquer this week and celebrate your achievements along the way. The small steps today will lead to big accomplishments through-out the year.

7. Get organized

If you didn’t have an opportunity to rearrange your files over the holidays then get to it right now. Start by archiving anything you haven’t sourced in the last year into a file cabinet further from your desk, leaving the files used daily closer and less cluttered.

8. Analyse your work day for efficiencies

Practice better time management in the coming year. Are you making your phone calls when people are normally at their desk (09:00 – 9:30), rather than in meetings or at lunch (10:00 – 14:00)? Are you spending too much time on certain activities? Make a to-do list before you leave the office and dedicate the next day to completing those tasks.

9. Boost work relationships

Strong relationships with people you work with can develop in small ways. For example, keep a positive attitude when working with others or key co-worker birthdays into your calendar and recognize them on their special day. Maintaining good relationships with colleagues will not only make the office a place you want to be but can boost work productivity. And, you never know who may get promoted and become your next boss.

10. Follow through on actions

Taking control of your career will not happen unless you follow through. Visualize your success regularly and don’t be afraid to ask for help when necessary. More importantly, pursue your goals aggressively and resolve not to give up on reaching them.

If you get a head start on your career resolutions right now, this will be the year to reach your full potential and finally steer your professional roadmap in the direction you want.  Search available jobs >