When I drive to someplace new, I put the destination into my GPS. I am able to measure my progress at every step because it tells me where to turn, what to look out for, and when I will arrive. The best thing about it, I won’t get lost!

We can use that concept when creating a goal, by developing distinct checkpoints where we can see if we are on track, off track, or need to adjust our course.

As with GPS, we first need to determine our destination. Be as clear and specific as possible.  For instance, if your goal is to get a new job. Create your vision by listing the things you want in the new job, such as

  • salary range,
  • benefits,
  • company is structured or not,
  • face to face or working from home,
  • development opportunities,
  • etc.

Secondly, develop a list of measurements to check against, to determine where you are in achieving your goal, such as

  • LinkedIn update
  • resume update
  • industries to target
  • companies to target
  • skills required
  • amount of time to spend each week
  • determine Job Search Strategies,
  • number of people contacted
  • etc.

Set goals each week to accomplish specific goals; and, using your list of measurements, review what you have accomplished.  Are you on track? If not, what could you do better?  Do you need to adjust your plan?  Are you 10%, 50%, 80% complete toward achieving your goal?  Say you feel you are 50% complete, what will it take to get you to 60% or 70%?

Document everything!

If you are having trouble in finding that job, hiring a career coach can provide you with a consistent process to assist you in defining your job criteria, help you with job search strategies and interview prep, to support you in getting the job you want.

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