New Year’s Resolutions seem to be getting a lot of flak this year.
Pretty much everyone I talk to says they didn’t make any because 1) resolutions don’t work, and/or 2) if you’re continually improving yourself, January is no different than any other month.
Nevertheless, I’m making some New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. I’m also checking in on the ones I made a year ago.
I actually did pretty well on following through on my 2017 promises, so I’m intentionally bucking the “no-resolution” trend this year.
Report on 2017 “Ressaylutions”:
1. Publish the 13th edition of How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile, updated with the new face of LinkedIn.
Success! You can find the new edition right here.
How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile continues to be a top 10 business writing resource for executives, professionals, business owners, and students. You’ll get 18 tips (plus 7 bonus tips) that teach you how to
✔ Improve your search rankings
✔ Impress visitors with an eye-catching photo and background image
✔ Build connections with etiquette and ease
✔ Showcase your strengths with an effective, unique LinkedIn Summary (examples included!)
✔ Utilize special sections to your advantage
✔ Leverage LinkedIn’s Jobs function
✔ Give and get persuasive recommendations
Newly updated for 2018!
✔ Revised images and instructions throughout to match LinkedIn’s new redesign
✔ Mobile-specific instructions
✔ Special advice from a past recruiter
✔ Secret tip: Write headlines over 120 characters! (Mistake #1)
✔ How to connect without InMail (Mistake #5)
✔ How to find alumni connections (now that the Alumni function is gone) (Mistake #5)
✔ New best practices for the LinkedIn summary section (Mistake #7)
✔ The new face of LinkedIn Jobs (Mistake #15)
✔ The LinkedIn Students App (Appendix E)
And that’s just some of the changes. I think you’ll love the new edition and intend for it to be the best, most up-to-date LinkedIn book available on line!
2. Publish a trade edition of How to Write a STELLAR Executive Resume
Published! Check it out at
Barnes & Noble
3. Launch Writely, a Client Management Portal
As reported in August, I completed this but then reversed the decision. Back to square one!
4. Find that editor.
As reported in August, I look forward to bringing on two editors that I’ve already interviewed. Volume has returned to a level where I will need them!
5. Write a marketing plan – including SEO enhancements
While I did not write a marketing plan, I did implement some new strategies, including my favorite: starting to wish my LinkedIn connections Happy Birthday! I think all contact is good contact, and it keeps The Essay Expert top of mind. I reached out to some past connections as well, and I sent out an announcement about an upcoming price increase. I believe all these steps increased brand awareness for The Essay Expert.
Probably the most effective step I’ve taken is the new way I’m holding conversations with new clients. I’m taking more time and being more consistent in these conversations, and I think a greater sense of trust is resulting.
6. Explore the possibility of moving to the East Coast
I traveled to New York and New Haven in May, and New York again in October. I’m excited to have found at least one yoga studio that I love – an essential staple for me anywhere I live.
Ressaylutions for 2018:
- Create a KILLER LinkedIn portal – an online, subscription-based version of How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile. This is occurring to me as a huge project.
- Investigate marketing How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile to educational institutions. Ideally, I’ll find the perfect person or resource to do this for me.
- Build my business to the point where I need to use editors, and use them!
- Improve systems in ways that support both team members and clients.
- Further develop my management skills, especially skills in setting expectations and addressing breakdowns.
- Track my sales and editing time in a new way so I understand my personal income more.
- Continue exploring NYC and surrounding areas as a possible place to move in 2019. My next trip is coming up in just over a week!
I like this list as it’s a good combination of concrete projects and personal growth initiatives. All doable with the right amount of dedication and focus. I’m excited for the year ahead!
What’s in store for you in 2018? Please share in the comments.
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to advance your career in 2018, contact The Essay Expert for a free consultation on how we can best assist you!
Now that it’s December and all of the Christmas decorations are unavoidable, we’ve cast our minds further to thinking about the New Year. Although we believe New Year’s Resolutions can and should be made any time of the year, at Essay Writing Service UK we’ve come up with seven resolutions all students should consider in order to start 2015 off well.
Get more organised
Stick to a more organised way of working. Make the most of your learning style and embrace what works best for you. Whether it’s coloured post-it notes, a long to-do list, mindmaps, or picture cards, there are a number of ways to integrate a more organised routine of life and work into your time at university. Schedules and timetables can help you to juggle work and socials better.
Setting down these ways of working early will allow you to progress further when it comes to the future of employment too. Proving that you can handle overlapping deadlines and manage time effectively are both essential skills to many employers.
Keep CV updated
If your CV hasn’t been updated since you first applied to university then things need to change! Regardless of whether you are looking for a job or further education opportunities imminently, try to find time to keep your CV up to date. This will prevent you from forgetting any new skills you have learnt, or achievements and certificates you have acquired.
Include any work experience, volunteering and societies, as well as a detailed account of your progressive skills gained during university. The more you work on your CV, the better it will be. Linkedinis also a great place to keep an online copy of your CV. As a social network for business, potential employers can easily access your information, making this great for future job opportunities.
Cut down on distractions
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With the rise of social media, digital platforms, and portable devices, there are even more ways to procrastinate from doing work. Try to cut down on all of these distractions by limiting the use of your phone or the number of TV shows you watch for example. When you sit down to work, leave you phone on the other side of the room, in a closed drawer or even switched off. Just knowing that you can’t access it will allow you to concentrate better. Also save that next TV episode as a reward for doing work!
Stay on top of the housework
Many student houses are guilty of pushing the housework to one side. Don’t become that one messy housemate that everyone else is left to clean up after though. Commit yourself to staying on top of the housework. Washing up your dishes straight after a meal and cleaning the kitchen work surfaces as you go will be quicker in the long run. Work out a rota within your house for cleaning communal areas such as the bathroom and hallways. A clean house will set you more at ease, helping you to prioritise work and deadlines. You can avoid those unnecessary arguments with your housemates too!
Spend and budget wisely
By the end of the year you should have a good assessment of your finances. Admittedly, Freshers Week and Christmas might have made a more significant dent in your bank account but seriously address your spendings. Budgeting wisely is essential during university to avoid coming out with an even higher student debt. You may find that you have been spending too much on clothing, electronic items or alcohol, for example, so this could be changed. Limit the number of ‘treats’ to save you pennies.
Look into volunteering
One of the most rewarding things you can do is get involved with volunteering opportunities. Help out with your local community or on campus and make a difference to the people around you. You may not get paid for your time but dedicating your time and skills to different projects will help you to gather all of the skills you would do in a paid job…and more! Volunteering hours looks great on your CV and show a general interest outside of your studies and social life. Have a look to see what you can get involved in.
Join sports clubs or societies
As well as the academic and social side of university, sports clubs and societies are a big part of university culture. Your time at university might be the only chance for you to try out new sports or enrol in different clubs. Make the most of what your university has to offer and get involved in anything that takes your fancy. If you’ve always want to have a go at ballet or you miss playing football for your school team, look into the university’s clubs. Even if things don’t work out you can say you tried!
Whether you decide to do a few or all of these things, make the most of your time at university, and benefit from a more organised and eclectic experience. At Essay Writing Service UKwe can help get your essay and writing skills on track. Simply contact us today for advice and guidance. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more tips to get you through your time in education.