How to Rock 2016


No no, not THAT Rock, although he is pretty cool and most definitely will rock 2016. Anywhoo… this article is about how YOU can rock 2016 and make it your best year ever.

Resolutions: Here are a few for starters…

+ Update your LinkedIn –If it is updated that’s great, but the question then becomes are you posting and is your headshot as professional as possible? Keep your network updated on you and your organization’s accomplishments so when you ask for a reference they don’t go “Who?”

+ Get organized – There are so many wonderful project management programs that can help keep you on track with various projects. A few include Todoist, Asana, and Evernote.

+ Attend more networking events– We’d love to see you at even more YNPN events! With such exciting social and professional networking events such as 2016: What’s Your Vision? coming up, you don’t want to miss out!

+ Find a mentor – Having a mentor can be a huge advantage for a blooming young professional. They can help you bounce around ideas, give career advice, and help you navigate the professional scene. Get started by asking your LinkedIn network or finding someone who’s job you’d like to have someday (only don’t say it like that!) and send them an email.

+ Improve professional wardrobe –As Mackelmore said with only $20 in his pocket, thrift stores have good finds. There are whole sections of blazers, pants, and dresses at stores such as Plato’s Closet, Goodwill, and the affordably stylish Ross.

+ Educate yourself about politics – Yes, I am going there. 2016 is an election year and voting is extremely important. Make sure to visit the candidates’ websites and read up on the issues. You can even take a quiz to see which candidate should be your pick based on your beliefs and values. Be ready to rock the vote –and know the unspoken rule of if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain if the person you want doesn’t win!

One final note, research has found that it’s detrimental to tell others your resolutions. Telling your BFF will already give you a sense of accomplishment when you may not have done anything yet. I know I’m totally guilty of this with telling everyone I was going to go to the gym more…well at all…hey, I do marathons (Netflix marathons count right?).


Written by Arika Richardson

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