Hitting the Target with Career Goals

September 24th, 2013

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”-Lewis Carroll.

The importance of career planning

In order to hit the career goals target you must have a target! Most employees give more time to planning their next meal than they do their careers. Don’t let your career wander down a road without direction. Living paycheck to paycheck or gratefully settling behind a career desk isn’t career planning.

While it’s true there are many aspects of your career that are out of your control, there are areas you can control and these should be the targets of your planning.

Divide and conquer

S.M.A.R.T and S.M.AR.T.E.R mnemonics were created for project management but are applicable to career planning and can assist you to divide and conquer to meet your goals. Your goals should be:

  • S – Specific
  • M – Measurable
  • A – Attainable
  • R – Relevant
  • T – Time-bound
  • E – Evaluate
  • R – Reevaluate

Expanding on S.M.A.R.T.E.R, career growth should be not only specific and measurable but documentable. Write them down.

List your long term goals and your short term goals and the trackable steps to accomplish each of them along with a timeline for completion of each trackable step. Evaluate and reevaluate often. Change happens and your goals should be adjusted accordingly.

Measuring career growth

How is career growth measured? Career Grapher suggests these four ways:

1. Financial Measure

2. Learning/competencies Measure

3. Job complexity Measure

4. Job Satisfaction/Happiness Measure

Remember that the measurement of career growth is personal and your yardstick shouldn’t be the same as anyone else’s if you want to achieve career satisfaction and happiness.

The most difficult part of targeting career goals is staying committed to your road map. Don’t allow long lapses between your evaluation sessions in order to stay prepared for the changes and challenges of your career, and you will arrive at your destination.

We at Olympic Staffing Services look forward to the opportunity to chat with you about your employment goals. Contact one of our seasoned team of staffing professionals to learn more about what Olympic Staffing can offer you.

 

 

Job Search Fail-What Is Your Next Step?

September 17th, 2013

If you’re not having success in your job search it’s time to reevaluate your strategies. Begin with the basics. Have someone you trust inspect your interview attire and role play the interview scenario.

Don’t overlook your résumé. Review our résumé tips here. Per ERE.net, the average time spent perusing your résumé is 5-7 seconds, leaving no margin for error.

Job or a career?

Unless you’ve got a significant nest egg, it’s important to decide if you are willing to take a job while you wait for a career opening. A lower paying position outside your career interest can bring in the funds while you continue to job search. Do your best in every job and exploit every opportunity to learn and grow-even at an entry level job. Networking is all about who you know, not necessarily what you know. That non-career job may open doors to an opportunity because of who you connected with in a positive way.

Don’t sit around and wait

Doing nothing creates deadly gaps in your résumé. A part-time, temporary, or seasonal position with your targeted company or in your career puts you in on the inside. This is a choice place to be, giving you access to employment openings and providing valuable contacts inside the company.

If you haven’t established a social media presence (and why haven’t you?) now is the time to get this valuable ball rolling. Social media is a valuable reciprocation tool. The more you input the more your network grows. Build your network now so it’s in place when you need it. Review our post How to Network Yourself into Your Next Job.

Top tips to reenergize your job search

  • Create a schedule and daily goals. Commitment and follow through of goals not only gets the work done, but it makes us feel good about ourselves, too.
  • Find an accountability partner to keep you focused and encouraged.
  • Consider taking a class after your job search hours. Not only do you expand your skill-set but education is empowering to your mental well-being.
  • Volunteer. This is an excellent opportunity to help others, learn new skills and network.
  • Be visible online and in person. Don’t miss opportunities to connect at events. Keep your online presence vibrant with relevant posts and comments.

Take control of your job search. Regroup and strategize to turn your future around!

Let Olympic Staffing Services help with your job search.  We don’t simply fill positions—we build relationships, taking the time to understand your unique talents and qualifications. Contact one of our seasoned team of staffing professionals to learn more about what Olympic Staffing can offer you.