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2012 Career Resolutions: Happier, Healthier, Wealthier


Are you are seeking a job, considering changing a work habit or want to learn a new skill in 2012? While many New Year’s resolutions involve losing weight or getting more sleep, the New Year is also a good time to reflect on your career path and establish clear goals and resolutions for the upcoming year.The months of January and February are generally strong hiring periods. Organizations are planning new projects and goals for the New Year and often have established a budget for hiring employees to help fulfill these goals.

PayScale decided to ask people of different ages, at different stages of their career, what job resolutions they were making for 2012.

Here are the answers they provided:

“I’d like to find an internship that might lead to a full time job once I graduate.” – Jen P., 20, Champagne, Ill.

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“My main goal is really only to get a job that will allow me to be flexible. Since I’m still working on my graduate studies, that ultimately still has to come first.” – Tiffany N., 25, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“My current job had no PTO (paid time off), sick pay and I had to travel a lot. In the New Year, I am starting a new job with a healthier work environment.” – Chris L., 27, Palo Alto, Calif.

“A career resolution of mine is not let office politics get in the way of enjoying my job. They will always be around but you can choose to not be a part of them and focus on the job.” – Laura P., 30, Los Angeles, Calif.

“I plan to take a more active role in pushing issues to a high enough level that the same mistakes do not return to haunt our processes on various programs.” – Jarret Z. 33, Saint Clair Shores, Mich.

“I’d like to harness the power of social media to better serve our customer base and connect them with solutions.” – David M, 34, San Francisco, Calif.

“I started a new position at the end of 2011 so my goal is to learn more and succeed in my new position in 2012.” – Geoff P., 34, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

“My career goal in 2012 is to identify and create processes for my department that will serve as models for the rest of my firm. I also plan on starting an MBA program this fall.” – Julien M., 35, Cambridge, Mass.

“To not get punched and obtain dental insurance; I’m a hot dog stand vendor on a street with a busy nightlife scene.” – Damian R., 38, Seattle, Wash.

“I will avoid negativity and complaining. I’ll be focusing on positives and reinforce the same in my staff.” – Chris E., 44, Seattle, Wash.

“I’d like to become more social media savvy and start attending more networking events.” – Michele O., 59, Brighton, Mich.

“Now that the economy is picking up, I want to bill more hours and make more money so I can retire in the next five or six years.” – Paul A., 62, Columbus, Ohio 

Matt Schneider
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