How to Use Goal Setting to Catapult Your Career Forward

goal settingIn our busy lives, goal setting can get left by the wayside. As many have learned, the daily grind can mean your career goals start to feel lonely. And then one day, you wake up and think, “What the heck am I doing here?!”

Don’t feel bad. At some point, this happens to all of us.

When you start to have this kind of revelation, that means it’s time to start reassessing and under go some serious goal setting. When things start to feel stale or if you are chafing for something new, it’s time for change. The only way that change truly comes about is when you start creating a plan then acting on it.

Are you stuck in a rut? Try these goal setting tips to catapult your career forward:

Learn Something New

Discover what it is you need, or must, know. Then sign up for a class that will help you add that skill set to your career repertoire.

Try Something New

Ask for stretch assignments that push your envelope. After all, putting yourself in unfamiliar situations is a great way to start moving your career forward.

Think About What You Really Want

Are you feeling fulfilled in your current work? Or are you completely bored? Not everyone wants to move up, but at some point, most people want to move on. Where are you in your bigger scheme of career planning? It’s time to do some focused goal setting.

Be Involved

If your job simply doesn’t flex enough for you to get some additional opportunities to grow, then perhaps you can find the stimuli you seek outside of the organization. Getting involved with industry groups through volunteering or serving on committees and boards are often great places to start.

Rotate Jobs

More and more companies are embracing cross-functional training and encourage skill development/building which leads to higher employee job satisfaction and deepens the talent pool. Ask if this is a possibility where you work.

Seek Advancement

If you don’t tell them, they simply don’t know. Too many times, people assume that the boss knows exactly what you want. Guess what? They have other people on the team to worry about, so you aren’t first of mind. So this is where stepping up and letting them know that you are open to growth or advancement is important – at least you have your hat in the ring now!

Re-Engineer Your Job

Sometimes, simply evaluating how you do your work can lead to process improvements, a re-invigoration to your work, and inspires you to be more productivity.

Look for New Opportunities

The answer to your goal setting isn’t in the room? Feeling stalled? Then t’s time to look for new opportunities outside of the organization. Part of any goal setting activity is being clear on where you want to go. Then, setting up a plan with clearly outlined steps that will get you there.

Building a plan or a road map to where you want to go is critical for you achieving your dreams. It’s sometimes fun to be flexible and open to possibility.

Don’t relax so much you lose sight of what it is that you really want!


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Dawn Rasmussen 3About the Author: Dawn Rasmussen, CMP is President of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, a provider of results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. Dawn is also the official “Get the Job” columnist for One+ Magazine distributed to over 26,000 meeting professionals worldwide and, a job resource site for creative and marketing professionals. Dawn is also a career expert on – a top 10 world-ranked career advice blog. Follow Dawn on Twitter!



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