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We are coming upon the end of the year and before we know it, a new year will ring with all of the bells and whistles. This time of year usually causes some of us to pause and think about what we achieved over the last few months. You may believe in making new year’s resolutions or if you’re like me, you believe in writing down measurable goals during certain points of the year. Today, let’s talk about 5 career goals that lead to success.
No matter the time of year, you have to be strategic with your career. Do not sit and wait for someone else to give you something. Start taking steps so you can be in control of your career which leads to freedom – freedom in making wise career decisions not necessarily based on money and also those that lead to financial freedom so you won’t have to just accept anything or unjust treatment.
5 Career Goals that Lead to Success
To Earn a Promotion
Whether you are just beginning your career or a veteran in the game, earning a promotion is usually on one’s list of career goals. First things first, are you doing well in your given duties? Does your boss have to ask you to do things; or do you take initiative? You have to set the mark for yourself. Aim to do exceedingly well in your current position so that you will make the top contenders list for a promotion. Do you need help in mapping out your steps? Seek out a mentor in your organization or in your industry. There are also books that speak to this as well if you want to start there. Check out this book entitled Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level.
To Learn a New Skill
For many careers, education doesn’t end when you receive your diploma at graduation. Some may require you to receive a certain number of credit hours. For those that do not, it doesn’t mean you get to rest on your laurels. Don’t get comfortable. Stay on top of your career by learning something new that’s beneficial to your industry. Many employers have on-site or online courses you can take at no charge. If not, seek out your own even if you have to invest money into them. Remember we just talked about earning a promotion? This is one step in getting you there. Add learning a new skill to your career goals list to be more competitive.
To Practice Effective Time Management Skills
Nothing can hinder your progress more than not managing your time wisely. Even checking emails can be a drain on your work day. Set up a system that works for you where you can take care of the smaller tasks efficiently in order to have more time dedicated to larger tasks. For example, you can write to-do lists the day before, you can block off a certain chunk of time to check emails, you can break up larger tasks into smaller pieces and give them each a block of time, etc. We are all different so test out a few methods to see what works for you. Here is a good book on this very topic, Eleven Proven Organizational and Time Management Techniques: How to Become Highly Organized & effective at Home and Work! Make time management a part of your career goals. It’s important to your success.
To Update Your Resume
It’s important to keep your resume updated. I know of people who worked on jobs for 10 years who were presented promotions or new opportunities that required the submission of a resume. Guess what? They weren’t prepared and so they started scrambling. Do you know what scrambling does? It causes stress. Here you have this great opportunity in front of you, but now you have to take a huge amount of time to updated a 10-year-old resume. It’s important that you not miss important details so make sure you keep this updated on a regular basis. I guess any time you complete major accomplishments or receive awards is a good time to update your resume. Pick a timeframe that best fits you. Only you know this, but you certainly don’t want 6 months to pass and you haven’t updated it. You just never know! Keeping an updated resume on hand is crucial to your career goals. It helps you to assess where you are and where you need to be in terms of work responsibilities and accomplishments.
To Network with Colleagues and Others in Your Industry
I’m talking effective networking and not where you show up and simply someone a business card. First of all, you want to show yourself helpful to others in some way. It doesn’t have to be anything big. However, do not allow your first time contacting someone is because you need a favor. You need to build rapport and trust with others so they know you well enough to pass along a reference, for example. Overall, it’s just good to get to know others and learn about the work they’re doing. They may have nuggets of information to offer that you never thought of before. Definitely make effective networking one of your career goals. Show up, follow up, and be of service to your colleagues.
To Start Your Own Business
If it is your dream to start your own business, the goals listed above can aid in you doing just that. We all need to be pruned and shaped for higher callings. Don’t miss out on yours by not having a plan of action. Write down your entrepreneur career goals so you can make sure the steps you take while employed by someone else also benefits you in the long run as a business owner. For example, working on your leadership skills, time management skills, networking with industry colleagues are all important career goals that prepare you for entrepreneurship.
What is one career goal on your list?
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