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Setting and Reaching Goals

Setting SMART Goals 

SMART Goals are SMART, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, REALISTIC, and TIME SENSITIVE

 

There are three types of goals: 
    Short-range     6-months to 1-year 
    Medium-range     1 to 5-years 
    Long-range     5 to 10-years 
 
Make job goals for each time span. What you want to be doing in 5 years may not be feasible now, but you will work toward that goal. You may need to find a short-term, stop- gap job before you can obtain the appropriate, long-term position you desire. It is difficult to make decisions about which jobs to pursue if you do not know what your goals are or how you want your career to progress. Job goals must be SMART: 
 
Specific 
Make sure your goal defines the:  who, what, where, when and why. 
 
Measurable 
Make a realistic time table that will provide a sense of accomplishment.  
 
Attainable/Adaptable 
Have optional routes. If the job search method is working, stick with it. If not, adapt. 
 
Relevant/Realistic 
Make sure your goal is realistic for your needs, the local economy and the job market.  
 
Time Based/Trackable 
Keep track of where you go, who you speak to and the results of each contact.  


GOAL SETTING 
“I CAN’T STOP THINKING BIG” 
Imagine that you have just won the lottery and all your financial concerns are taken care of.  You have enough money to do anything you want.  How do you fill each day?  List the things you would most like to do in your life if money were no option. 

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Set Goal, Make Plan, Take Action, Evaluate, Reach your Goal!

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Pick the top 3 things you would most like to do. 
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Is there anything the things you want to do have in common?  If two or more activities have something in common, write those activities down. 
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Is there a career that will allow you to do these things every day?  Let’s brainstorm. 
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Write your own short, medium, and long range employment related goals. It is easiest to start with long-range goals and work backwards to short-range goals. 
 Draft Goals 
Short-Range (6 months to 1 year) 
Medium-Range (1-5 years) 
Long-Range (5-10 years) 

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