Here are 3 steps to help you to make the leap:
1. Think back on your reasons for wanting to make a switch: what was the catalyst for wanting a change? what do you feel is missing? what do you visualize as your career future, i.e. what type of activities are you doing?
2. List your goal – is it a promotion, move to a new company or industry, or going out on your own? Write out, in clear detail as if you are already in that position, your ultimate end result. (ex. “I am the Vice President of Marketing for the ABC Company”). Set a date for when you would like to achieve this goal.
3. Write out the steps needed. If you are looking to make a job move, the steps might be to: look for open positions, update resume to fit the position, write the cover letter, make a list of people who I can network with to get me to the hiring manager, send out resume, create a job search strategy, etc. If you are looking at starting your own business, your steps might include: write a business plan, identify my target and my products and services, develop a budget, identify marketing strategies, etc.
Why Set Goals?
Here are ways that you can set your career intention:
1. Write out a vision statement for where you want your career to go (“I want to become a manager by June 30″)
2. Make a list of your job duties and note which ones you enjoy and those you don’t
3. Of those you enjoy, decide how you can maintain or improve them
4. Of those you don’t, think about how you can modify them, own them or enhance your skill in this area
5. Decide on a path that will enhance your career; do you need to get a degree or a certification and then investigate the steps needed
6. Set your intention to commit to making the changes you have listed above. Write these and keep them visual. Monitor your progress and your results as you move forward.
7. Set a start -and end – date and take action NOW.
Setting intentions can get your career started on the right path and make 2013 a success!
An additional tip
When setting goals: focus on what you do want rather than what you don’t want.
In career planning, there should be specific strategies you will use to get you to your goal. As in self-assessment, you need to assess and investigate a particular job or career you are interested in. This means researching it fully. This can involve:
Set out both the big picture and all the detailed in-between action steps that will take you to your ultimate career goal.
There is power in the printed word. When your goals are in your face daily, you can see them and it's easier to commit to them.
As author Tim LaHaye puts it: "By noting your objectives and writing them down, you activate your subconscious mind to remind you of those things needing to be done to fulfill your goals."
Does your goal seem too big? Chunk it down into smaller steps. Take the first step, then the next, and the next, and keep going. Success comes from doing the right things consistently and doing them well.
You will also want to monitor the outcome of your actions to make sure they are actually helping you to move towards your ultimate goal.
There are many reasons your career may have flat lined. But odds are, if you’ve been stuck in the same job without any advancement, you’re likely exhibiting one these eight career-scuttling habits, says Alison Green of Business Insider.
The eight habits in question include:
1. Not promoting your work
2. Getting defensive
3. Making rash decisions
4. Not being assertive
5. Being too negative
7. Being chronically disorganized
8. Not learning new technology