Set and Monitor Goals

David SpearsPrevious blogs describe how developing a job search plan can be effective, and have explained how to pin-point specific labor market information with regards to individuals’ our own skills and interests. Blogforce has also considered some effective ways to look for work through job search networking. Now, let’s talk about setting goals. It may seem like we’re getting off the subject of job searching, but not really. Remember that if you’re not looking for anything, you’ll find it. Similarly, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll still get there (nowhere).

Goals provide us with purpose, clarity, direction; and also a great tool to include in our job search plan. With direction, you are able to focus your energy on a specific objective as opposed to “roaming about aimlessly.” This is true in job searching for a fulfilling career, as well as transforming a J-O-B into the same.

Just as goals give purpose, clarity, and direction, written goals represent a commitment. According to a study by Gail Matthews, Ph.D., those with written goals achieve more than 50 percent more of their goals than those without written goals.

With that in mind, the following are tips on creating goals.

Have goals that are meaningful
Meaningful goals are significant to what you are attempting to accomplish. Goals should also be attainable with some effort. Don’t be afraid to push the envelope! Instead of contacting three employers per week, set a goal to contact 10-20 employers.

Focus on the process

James Clear says in his blog that, “goals are good for planning your progress and systems [the process] are good for actually making progress.” By focusing more on the process, or system, you will reach your goal automatically.

Prepare for disappointments
There will no doubt be times of disappointment during your job search, so be prepared. Again, focus on the process of looking for work (which is your job search plan). Hopefully, for every rejection you will have 2-3 applications in waiting.

Be flexible
Be flexible in changing the process if needed based on periodic assessment. Don’t be afraid of change due to roadblocks you may encounter. Be flexible, have fun.

You must want to achieve and believe in the goals you set. The following are some additional steps to consider:

  • Identify knowledge/skills you need to acquire
  • Identify support
  • Determine how you will benefit
  • Analyze where you are
  • Create a mental image
  • Never give up

Setting goals can be considered the engine that helps drive a job search plan as well as help navigate direction.

David Spears is a member of the Workforce Solutions Navigator team for the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Combining training and education to real world examples, David brings personal and professional experience with disabilities to the table in order to help job seekers with disabilities realize their potential. David has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with over 20 years of experience in the business world.

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