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career goals

New Year, new you, new career? How many of you think this way? Well, if you’re unhappy with anything about your professional life, January is your month to get your big change plan in motion. There are twelve months ahead of you so make the most of them.

But what if you don’t know how to start? Don’t worry - with your success in mind,  today we’ll show you how to make it all happen. Whatever it is, big or small, you can make it real by following these simple 5 steps.

Step 1: Find Your Pain Point

You won’t get anywhere if you don’t know where you’re starting. Think about what exactly makes you feel unhappy or unsuccessful. This could be anything, from your current position to low payment. It could be too long commute or really, really ugly office you’ve got to work in.

All these things can be changed with more or less drastic steps. So long you know what pains you, you’re good to set out on a journey to a better workplace.

Step 2: Identify The Necessary Changes

And now that you know what you hate most, you’re about to envision the result. What is that you’re after? What changes would have to happen for you to finally feel accomplished, satisfied and happy?

The desired result and the changes that lead to it have to be crystal clear for you. It’s like following a map somewhere - you have to know the route to reach your destination.

Step 3: Divide Your Goals Into Long and Short Term

While there are (nearly) full twelve months at your disposal, you should hardly put your focus on what’s going to happen in November. But yes, you should be aware that SOMETHING will definitely happen there. You’re just yet to define it.

Divide your goals into long and short term. This way you will know what project will take several weeks or months and a lot of effort. Doing this will clearly set it aside from things that can be completed quickly.

Remember, approaching long and short term goals is totally different. Don’t mistake these two as you plan your 2019 career goals.

Step 4: Go Detailed

With your career goals chosen and labeled correctly as long or short term, you now have to plan your path. And you have to be detailed about it because it’s easy to get lost and forget your course in the everyday buzz.

Long term goals will naturally have more steps and milestones than short term ones, but you  follow the same pattern for both. Make sure you are as detailed as you can get. Write down the actions that you need to take, one by one.

Then again  - don’t go too far in the future, especially in case of the long term  goals. Plan nearest three steps you have to take.

Step 5: Set a Reminder and Review Often

While it’s hard to believe, we often fail to complete our career goals not because we fail at them, but because we get drawn away.

It’s easy to get lost in all the day-to-day duties you have. That’s why it’s mandatory to have some sort of a reminder that will keep in loop. It can be goal-dedicated notebook, an app or even a sticky note.

Revise your progress often. It’s important that you know what has been done and what still needs to be done. And remember to be honest with yourself - sugar-coating your progress and making excuses won’t ever let you succeed.

Take It With you

Whether your 2019 career goals are big or small, they’re all worth taking up the challenge. This five-step approach is all you need to get it right but you’ve got to devote yourself to your cause. Detailed planning and knowing just where you’re headed, followed by taking action is your recipe for success. It’s that simple!

When you're job searching, take some time to attend job fairs. You'll have the opportunity to meet with employers that you might not be able to access any other way. Plus, job fairs and career expos often offer networking programs, resume reviews, and workshops for job seekers.

What can you do to compete with the crowds attending job fairs? These tips will help you get ready to attend and maximize your opportunities while you're there.

Tips for Attending a Job Fair

  • Dress for Success. Attend the job fair dressed for success in professional interview attire, and carry a portfolio. However, do wear comfortable shoes, because you will be standing in line.
  • Practice a Pitch. Practice a quick pitch summarizing your skills and experience so you're ready to promote your candidacy to prospective employers.
  • Bring Supplies. Bring extra copies of your resume, pens, a notepad, and business cards with your name, your email address, and cell phone number. You might also want to consider bringing "mini resume" cards as an efficient way to sum up your candidacy.
  • Check Out Companies. Many job fairs and career expos have information on participating companies on the job fair web site. Be prepared to talk to hiring managers by checking out the company's web site, mission, open positions, and general information before you go. If you demonstrate knowledge about each company or manager you're talking to, you'll certainly stand out from the crowd.
  • Arrive Early. Keep in mind that lines can be long, so arrive early - before the fair officially opens.
  • Attend a Workshop. If the job fair has workshops or seminars, attend them. In addition to getting job search advice, you'll have more opportunities to network.
  • Network. While you are waiting in line, talk to others. You never know who might be able to help with your job search. Along the same lines, remember to stay polite and professional. Even if you're feeling discouraged in your job search, don't vent to other fair-goers about your situation or about any specific companies. Stay positive and make the most of the opportunity!
  • Show Initiative. Shake hands and introduce yourself to recruiters when you reach the table. Demonstrate your interest in the company and their job opportunities.
  • Be Enthusiastic. Employer surveys identify one of the most important personal attributes candidates can bring to a new position as enthusiasm. This means that employers want to see you smile!
  • Ask Questions. Have some questions ready for the company representatives. The more you engage them, the better impression you'll make.
  • Collect Business Cards. Collect business cards, so you have the contact information for the people you have spoken with.
  • Take Notes. It's hard to keep track when you're meeting with multiple employers in a busy environment. Jot down notes on the back of the business cards you have collected or on your notepad, so you have a reminder of who you spoke to about what.
  • Say Thank You. Take the time to send a brief follow up thank you note or email to the company representatives you met at the job fair. It's a good way to reiterate your interest in the company and to remind company representatives that you're a strong candidate.

Great post by Alison Doyle via www.thebalance.com

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