Set goals for Self-Improvement in your Career

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Preparing for your career involves evaluating how well you compare to what employers expect and then setting goals for self-improvement so that you will better meet your employer's expectations. A goal is the difference between where you are and where you want to be. Careers move in a positive direction when you set goals. Before setting your goals for self-improvement, you should be aware of the basic characteristics of successful goals. Goals provide you with the motivation or drive to produce at top performance on a daily basis. This drive can come from having a clear idea of the direction in which you want to go. It is much easier to get excited about what you are doing if you can see the end results. In the case of personal goals, the end result can be both gaining personal satisfaction and becoming more qualified for the job you want.

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Characterize Successful Goals

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    Your goal should be CONCEIVABLE.
    Can you picture the goal in your mind?
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    Your goal should be BELIEVABLE.
    Do you really believe it can happen?
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    Your goal should be DESIRABLE.
    Do you really want it?
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    Your goal should be ACHIEVABLE.
    Is your goal realistic?
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    Your goal should be MEASURABLE.
    When will your goal be accomplished?
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In developing your personal goals, you will develop an action plan and identify action steps for each area you want to improve. For example, if one of the personality traits you want to develop is confidence, your action plan may be to offer your opinions more often, even when they are different from others. You first action step may be to do this more in class, while your second action step may be to speak up more in social conversations as well. With each action plan,, you should decide how you want to monitor your progress and determine how you will really know you have achieved your goal. The act of speaking up more in a class setting may be a way to develop your confidence, but the final measure of whether or not you have developed confidence may be the level of comfort and ease you feel with your new actions. The measure of success as well as the strategies for achieving that success will vary with everyone. What is important is that you think through how you are going to work on your goals and how you will know when you've achieved them.

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Set Goals for Self-Improvement

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    Turn a weakness into a strength.
    Being comfortable with your weaknesses is the result of having a plan for improving them. With this plan, you gain control of the areas you need to improve, rather than letting those areas control you.
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    Be able to express your weaknesses in a positive way to an employer.
    Being positive about your weakness, can mean the difference between the job you really want and the job you settle for.
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    Everybody has strengths they can talk about.
    Don't go overboard though. Give your potential employer a couple good examples with explanations.
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    Everybody has weaknesses.
    Don't be afraid to talk about your weaknesses. Talk about them in a positive way. For example, My typing speed needs improvement. I am working to improve my typing speed by practicing on my own, or I may take an extra class.
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    Attend seminars and conferences connected to your industry.
    You are in luck if your company constantly sponsors you to attend gatherings that enhance your skills or updates you on the latest trends in your industry. Your company finances your participation because they expect that you will apply what you learned in the seminar for the benefit of the company. Usually the bottom line is that your enhanced skills will increase revenue for the company or to make more efficient company operations systems. In addition, if you feel that an upcoming seminar/conference will greatly benefit your career, but your company makes no move to sponsor you, pay from your pocket to join in. The advantages will far outweigh the cost of the seminar in the long run. The seminars are also excellent additions to your resume.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Remember, acknowledging your weakness, in a positive way can be important to you and a perspective employer.
  • Remember, your employer may ask what your major strengths and weaknesses are and your thoughts behind them.
  • Remember, you can honestly turn something that may be negative into a positive.
  • Remember, It's easier to turn a negative into a positive if you already have your action plans and success measures in place.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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