Achieve your career goals

July 2011

Businessman with trophy (business success)When you prepare yourself correctly for the job you want or the accomplishments you want to achieve in your career, you’re already halfway there.

We all have different ambitions and targets. The road can be long and sometimes tough. So, here are 10 top tips to inspire you in your search for success. 

  1. Power of planning
    A well thought-out plan will give you direction and structure. Make a plan and write down what you want to achieve in a given period, say six months, and break this down to a week-by-week schedule. Whether it’s a long-term or short-term plan, make it detailed and try to stick to it. Good intentions will always give you good focus.
  2. Persistence and patience
    It’s simple. When you take your time to work hard for something, you often get rewarded. Stick protectively to your big plan and work at making good even better. Rise to the challenges you set yourself, face each hurdle as it comes and grow in confidence. 
  3. Work it
    Hard work is gold. Whether you’re taking time to craft a covering letter for the job application you’ve had your eyes on, or researching the company that’s just invited you in for an interview, make your work, work for you. The more you put in, the better the chances of career doors opening for you.
  4. Critical is good
    The feedback and criticism you receive can sometimes be distractive. But other times it can be invaluable career advice and actually help you to make you do the task at hand better. Listen carefully and respond in a positively fashion.
  5. True passion
    When you love what you do or want to do for a living, you’ll be naturally inspired to reach your career goals quicker. Find something you are interested in or enjoy, research the possibilities and make your plan of action. This may even involve enrolling on a short course to get you exactly where you want to be.
  6. Get informed
    Go online and find out about your career. Investigate the area, contact people by phone, talk to friends and family, and generally be as active in your pursuit for information as you can. It’s all out there. The more you find out about a particular area, role or company, the more clued up you’ll be to fine tune your aspirations and targets.
  7. Rewards
    Enjoy your hard work. Enjoy your achievements as you get closer and closer to your career goals. And enjoy your free time too. Working long hours to fulfil your ambition deserves daily and weekly rewards and treats.
  8. Steady your ship
    Achieving career goals isn’t a sprint. It’s always a marathon. Pace yourself and don’t get distracted from doing the simple things right. Strive for a good balance between work, some healthy and stimulating exercise, such as a brisk walk to the park, and a nutritious diet.
  9. Positive mindset
    Believe in yourself and what you are capable of. Criticism can knock you off your career journey. Sometimes it can inspire it. Most times, it’s about how you accept it. Make honest targets, stay focused on your plan and reach high.
  10. Set the pace
    Ambition is what you want it to be. Set yourself new goals, especially when you accomplish one, and keep your plans fresh, achievable and inspired.

Top 10 tips for achieving your career goals - Courtesy of Jobsite.co.uk