My friend has just left school and he’s spent the last couple of weeks over Christmas trying to figure out what he’s going to do this year.
It got me thinking about what the most important things to think about and do are when you’re starting out looking for work. Being part of YouthFull means I’ve not only had to look for work myself, but I also regularly hear from employers about the things they look for in new recruits and one of those things is goals.
Writing down my career goals is an important step when sorting out what I want to do for a job. I then look at those goals when during every step of the job hunt to make sure I am on the path that I want to be on. Here are some sweet tips that I gave my friend when he started writing his goals.
Two or three will do the trick.
Setting heaps of goals doesn’t help you! Focus on the top two or three things you want from your career. Not every job will be perfect but there are heaps of jobs out there that will align with the goals you’ve laid out.
Keep your goals “SMART.”
This is an acronym to help you write goals that you can stick to! It stands for specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and time-bound. For example a SMART goal would be something like: “Spend 1 hour each day looking for a job that enables me to have a great work-life balance, I can walk to, and lets me interact with new people, for a month or until I get hired.”
Write it down.
This part is important! When you write down your goals you are stating your intentions. It makes it so much easier to stick to a goal if you have written it down.
Goals are every day.
Review your goals every day. Ask yourself every time you read it, “What do I need to achieve this goal.” Let your goals start shaping what you do every day until you achieve it!
They are your goals.
What I mean by this is that you don’t need to share your goals with anybody if you don’t want to. If you do decide to share your goals share them with people who will help you achieve them. I’ve found that if I got and tell everybody about my goals they don’t end up working as well as if I’d only told my best friends or brother.
Setting goals is a great way to start any stage of your life. It is a habit that can help set you up for a satisfying career or a happier life! It only took my friend a few minutes to write them out. A week later he said writing them out helped him get the job he was looking for! So what are you waiting for? Get started today!