We can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions

Whether you’re looking for a job, are itching for a raise, or want to meet new contacts, we’ve got resources on Monster that can help.

We can help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions

Monster's got useful advice for all your career goals.

A new year means new beginnings—and new resolutions. So as you say goodbye to last year and look ahead to the next, you’ve probably started to give some thought to New Year goals you can aim for in 2019. Perhaps you’re hoping to meet new people or save a lot of bucks. And possibly you have a few career-related resolutions on the docket as well, like getting a raise, getting a promotion, or even getting a new job.

While it’s not typically very easy to hold on to your New Year’s resolution much past January—the best laid plans!—we’ve got a tip for you: Finding the right job can often help you live your resolution for the long haul.

Below you’ll find Monster’s guidance for 10 popular career resolutions. Because whatever you want for your new year, we want to help you get it. (Unless, of course, you want to ride a narwhal or motorcycle across the chasm of the Grand Canyon. That’s out of our league.)

“I want to get a promotion”

You say you want to stay with your current employer and rise up the ladder there? Are you sure you don’t want a new job? Ohhhhkay. Fine. We’ve got information for you, too. Check out this article on getting a promotion—and take this quick tip from the piece: The key to being a star performer at any stage in your career is to make the boss happy. Sit down with your manager and set specific goals for yourself.

“I want to make/save more money”

Who doesn’t want to see more money in their paycheck? (That was a rhetorical question, by the way.) Earning more money can also help you save more money without feeling the pinch. And we have a couple different strategies up our sleeves for how you can up your income in 2019.

Willing to change careers? Check out these 10 average paying jobs that ramp up to six-figures, 10 unexpected jobs that pay over $100K, or 10 low-stress, high-paying gigs. Looking for a new job? Negotiate as much money as you can before you accept. Watch Monster career expert Vicki Salemi answer all of your salary and negotiation questions here. Want to get a raise in your current gig? Follow the tips in “I want a promotion” above.

For additional tips and tricks, you can check out the rest of our career advice on salary and benefits here.

“I want to meet new work contacts”

Rather than going into hibernation this winter, you’ve resolved to get out there, shake some hands, exchange a few business cards, and possibly attend a networking event or two. We know, we know, nobody likes networking, but you know that part of finding a new job is making new connections, and you never know who you’ll meet.

If you need a little motivation to get out the door or don’t know how to break the ice (we’re talking to you, introverts), check out this article for some of our best strategies for meeting new work contacts, and on your commute there, you can listen to our podcast for additional tips for schmoozing with professionals in your field.

“I want better work-life balance or less work stress”

So work pretty much ruled your life last year? Skipping lunch, burning the midnight oil, and (eventually) heading home still stressed out from your day were your primary activities, along with canceling dinner plans and missing the big game on Sunday because of work.

If you’ve vowed to not let that be the case this year, you can start by checking out our advice on achieving work-life balance and managing work-related stress. Or, you might want to consider finding a new job. Check out our list of top-rated companies for work-life balance, so you can spend more time with your family, friends or just doing what you love. You can also check out employee reviews for other companies in your industry to see whether any of them have a less stress-inducing culture.

“I want to travel more for work”

So you’re looking for a change of scenery—but you’re talking about something a little more than switching to the cubicle by the window. If you’re looking to satisfy your wanderlust, why not take your work international and get paid to travel the globe? Before you start packing your bags, you can check out our list of seven companies that will send you abroad for a year or two or five jobs for people who love to travel.

“I want to learn a new language”

Instead of “hello,” do you wish you could say “hola,” “bonjour,” or “konnichiwa” to your co-workers every morning? Maybe you should check out a job overseas. After all, there’s no better way to learn a language than to immerse yourself in it.

First, scope out a few jobs by location on Monster. Next, follow this nine-step approach to landing that coveted job in another country.

“I want to do more good in the world”

Making the world a better place can seem like quite an ambitious resolution to make, but it can actually be as easy as finding a new job at a nonprofit or a company that has a mission to do good. You can start by checking out these nine companies on Monster that are known for having a socially conscious culture and a passion for social justice issues.

And if you need more help finding a company with a good conscience beyond that, check out this article for some tips on connecting with companies that best align with your values.

In the meantime while you’re searching for that perfect match, racking up some volunteer hours can help you stand out to future employers.

“I want to learn more marketable skills”

If you want to keep your current skills sharp or add new ones to your arsenal, Monster offers two options for online courses: Via Skillshare, Monster members can gain access to 10,000 courses for $0.99 for three months. At Udemy, you can pay by the class, and each course is about $15 apiece. On either site, classes are taught by expert instructors on a variety of topics ranging from Photoshop and C++ to public speaking and money management.

“I want to get a new job”

By now, you’ve probably figured out that you came to the right place. Want to know the quickest and easiest action you can take to help your job search? Start by joining Monster for free today. Then take the time to upload your resume—you can upload up to five versions of it, each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox to cut down on time spent looking through ads. That way, you'll be on the receiving end of tons of awesome opportunities. If Monster has a New Year's resolution, it's connecting you to a great job. Let's get started.