4 ways to change your career for the better in 2016

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Time to make those New Year's resolutions! How are you going to make the coming year great for you and your career? We have some tips to help you make big changes by setting totally attainable goals. Before one year ends, get your game plan set for the next (great) year for your career.

Goal #1: Get Paid More at Your Current Job

In the New Year, ask for what you deserve. You can use PayScale's Salary Negotiation Guide as an easy way to plan a talk with your boss about why you should be making more money. Take our advice, and Research, Strategize, and Negotiate your way to a bigger paycheck in 2016.

Goal #2: Get a Promotion

Instead of just bursting into your manager's office and beating your fists on the desk (which really doesn't work), try using data to support why you should be given a title that better suits all that you do at your job. Start by taking the PayScale Salary Survey to find out where you fall on the salary spectrum for your job title. Try plugging in the title of a job you have, or a job that you want to get, and see how the survey lists your take-home pay. You can browse our database of jobs, industries, and even college degrees and get started on your new career path in 2016.

Goal #3: Get Better at Your Job (With Some New Skills)

Everyone could add a new trick to their resume, and you can improve any skill with some focused attention and as little as 15 minutes a day. If you want to know the hot new skills that everyone should brush up on to keep (or get) a job, check out these recommendations from Forbes. You'd be surprised how simple skills like writing and social media transcend careers.

Goal #4: Work Less

Yep, you read that right. If your job has been a source of unhealthy stress in 2015, look for ways to improve your situation in the New Year. You might need some outlets, like exercise, meditation, or some outside interests that get your brain totally unplugged. Or, you might need to take those small hours outside of your work life and make them grow. If you bring your work home with you on a consistent basis, try to find ways to cut back on work after you clock out from your 40-hour work week. If it's practical, start documenting your tasks and time and take a list to your boss to discuss how you could use an extra hand. You'd be surprised what can come out of a reasoned conversation with some supporting data.

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