Set Your Job Search Goals the SMARTest Way

You’ve probably heard it before: make sure the goals you set are SMART.

If you don’t know, a SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timely. For more specific information on each letter of SMART goals, check here. SMART goals are often easier to attain because they are more thought out.

So how can you translate your job search into a SMART goal?

Specific: The goal in any job search is generally securing a job. But that goal still leaves a lot of question. What kind of job? At what kind of company? Am I willing to relocate? After job seekers hammer out the details they will probably find their job search is a little easier because they know exactly what they are looking for.

Measurable: There are lots of numbers associated with the job search, so keep track of them. Some ways to measure the success of your search is to track how much time you spend searching for jobs and how many jobs you are applying for in a week. Then compare the two numbers. If you are spending multiple hours a day looking for jobs but only sending out one application a week, you might want to reevaluate how you look for jobs.

Action-oriented: The goal of finding a job is action oriented in itself, but you should still develop a plan of action. Your plan can include things like attending industry events and reaching out to your network.

Realistic: The job you are trying to attain should be reachable. A recent college graduate should not expect an executive level job.

Timely: In order to motivate yourself during your job search, set a deadline for when you want to be offered a job. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get a job by your deadline. Instead, evaluate what you did during your job search that worked and what didn’t. Then use what you learned during that stage of your search and apply to the future.

After reading this post, what other ways are you going to make your job search SMARTer?


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About the Author: Marissa Venturella is a public relations and marketing intern at Come Recommended. I earned a Bachelor’s of Journalism in May 2011 from the University of Missouri. I consider myself a news junkie and love everything about social media.

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