MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 200 million members, today released its findings in regards to the top professional goals people want to achieve in 2013. Long after all of the presents have been unwrapped and the ball has dropped, a lot of attention is paid to resolutions — the most common ones being losing weight and drinking less — that most people won't keep past the middle of January. LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,100 professionals around the world and found that 74 percent of people globally made a professional goal for 2012, and of that number, fifty-six percent of those professionals said that they actually achieved their goal last year. In the United States specifically, 70 percent of people made a professional goal for 2012, and 56 percent of those people succeeded at accomplishing that goal. Here are the top five professional goals people in the U.S. said they want to achieve in 2013:
- Professional development through learning new skills (48 percent)
- Network more/build more professional relationships (46 percent)
- Get a new job/career (29 percent)
- Get a raise (28 percent)
- Get promoted or move into a leadership role (25 percent)
The No. 1 professional goal globally for 2013 is, "professional development through learning new skills." Out of all the options, survey respondents could chose from, these countries had the highest percentage of professionals who wanted to achieve each of these specific goals we asked them about:
- Professional development through learning new skills: Brazil (61 percent of professionals selected this choice)
- Network more/build more professional relationships: France (55 percent)
- Get a new job/career: United Arab Emirates (42 percent)
- Get promoted or move into a leadership role: Singapore (39 percent)
- Start my own business: Indonesia (37 percent)
- Get a raise: Indonesia (36 percent)
- Be more confident and engaged in client, customer and/or team meetings: India (34 percent)
- Retire/prepare for retirement: United States (11 percent)
- People who share articles or content with their LinkedIn network at least once a week are nearly ten times more likely to be contacted by a recruiter for new opportunities than people who don't share with their network. So, go ahead, share that great industry piece you just read with your network. Tell your network what your business goal is and ask them to chime in with what they hope to achieve in 2013, so you can lend them a helping hand.
- People with photos are seven times more likely to have their profiles viewed. Once you upload a photo, your network will get an update saying that you just added a new photo. That subtle nudge may prompt them to revisit the rest of your LinkedIn Profile.
- There are more than one million LinkedIn Groups that exist on the platform. Check out groups like the Connect: Professional Women's Network, Powered by Citi, Jet: The Business Traveler Network, Powered by Capital One and even the Succeed: Small Business Network, Powered by Staples. You'll be meeting other professionals and expanding your network in no time!
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