2017: a new beginning. A time to stand out as a skilled productive employee. A time to attain greater fulfillment in your chosen occupation. It doesn’t happen, however, with a list of resolutions. Real success begins with real goals. Where do real career goals begin? With tough questions. Past Goals
- Did you attain them?
- If you didn’t reach them, what hindered you?
- What could you have done differently to gain momentum?
- Some situations are out of your control, but would a different response have worked more in your favor?
- Bottom-line: What did you learn?
- Are your developing key skills, both soft and hard?
- Are you networking, building relationships?
- Do you place a priority on continued learning?When is the last time you took a class, earned certification, or attended a seminar?
- Are you using your specific gifts, talents, skills?
- Is there room for growth?
- Do you “come alive” at work or leave exhausted?
- Would a different position within the company or at a new one fit you better?
- Does your position fit your values, your life goals? (Which merits the questions – have you identified your values and do you have life goals?)
- Your top skills – both hard and soft
- The work responsibilities that bring you the most fulfillment
- The single change in your current position that would create the most positive difference in your overall career fulfillment.
- Make amends with a coworker or change your attitude toward a supervisor.
- Expand a skill - or learn a new one that complements it - through certification.
- Take better care of yourself off the job – sleeping, eating, and exercise habits.
- Make a list of what needs to be “cast aside” in order to move forward.
- Plan a self-appointed “reward system” for each milestone achieved.
- Build your personal brand, connecting with others who will encourage your career journey.
- Seek a mentor; someone familiar with both you as a person and your industry – someone who will give honest feedback and hold you accountable.
- Keep a journal of your accomplishments and update your resume accordingly. When that promotion or an opportunity in new territory becomes available, you will be ready.
- Work with a staffing agency who cares about your journey, who will help you identify goals and create a plan to achieve them.