Launching a job search involves more than just writing your resume, hitting networking events, and scouring the job boards. Your first step in the process should actually be to take one step back, so you can fully assess where you are now and where you want to go in the future.

To help you with the process, here are 5 tips from PrideStaff – one of Phoenix’s top employment agencies – for effective goal-setting for your career:

Tip #1: Gain clarity.

Before you make a move, it’s important to gain some clarity about your current situation. To do that, ask yourself questions, such as:

    • What do I like / don’t like about my position?
    • What am I great at, but can’t do enough of in my job now?
    • What don’t I like about my current company and its culture? What do I like?
    • What does my ideal position look like and what skills do I need to attain it?

Once you have a more defined perspective, you’ll begin to see the possibilities and what you’re looking for in your next role.

Tip #2: Be realistic.

If you have two years of experience, it’s unreasonable to expect to land a senior-level role as your next job. Not only that, but you’re setting yourself up for disappointment when you go after positions you’re not well-qualified for yet. Instead, be realistic when it comes to the types of positions you’re applying to. You’ll achieve job search success faster when you do.

Tip #3: Commit to small changes.

Realized you don’t have the skills or experience you need for the job you want? Commit to making small changes that will help you get there, whether it’s going back to school, enrolling in an online certification course, or participating in a company-offered training program. Whatever avenue you take, if you want to advance in your career, then it’s 100% up to you to make it happen.

Tip #4: Set deadlines and milestones.

Goals can be hard to stick to. That’s why you need to set deadlines in order to make the most of your efforts. This will help to add a sense of urgency so you’ll be more motivated to stick to your plan. Likewise, it will help you to measure your efforts to ensure you’re not falling behind.

Tip #5: Stay positive.

If you’re passionate about achieving a certain career goal, stay positive about it. If it’s a lofty one, then it could take some time to get there. However, if you set your goal wisely and work patiently toward achieving it, you will eventually get where you want to go.

Need help advancing your career to a new company?

PrideStaff can help. As one of Phoenix’s top employment agencies, we can assist you with every aspect of your search, start to finish, so you land your next great opportunity and get ahead your career in the New Year. Contact us today to learn more or get started.

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