New Year, New Goals

Arran Williams, January 4, 2016

First things first, Happy New Year from everyone at Jobsgopublic! We hope that your transition from 2015 to 2016 has been a smooth one. We’ve all heard the saying “New year new me!” and the hundred other clichés that everyone gets sick of! But it is true that the beginning of the year can be a great place to start laying down the foundations of your future. We are talking goals people! This is a great time to create some new goals and with 12 solid months ahead you can easily track your progress. For many it could be the first steps of getting onto the job ladder. For others, the start of the year could be a time for change. Maybe you’re dreading going back to your current job after the holidays. In that case it could be time for a complete change in your career , or the same role but in a different company or it could be time to strive for a promotion in your current company. Whatever the case, these all require you to have clear goals as to how you plan to get there, and we are here to help! We have put together a list of the top 6 tips that can help you achieve your job goals for 2016.  

1. Write it down

Businessman brainstorming and writing notesWrite down your plan. It can be easy to forget some of the goals that you set, so writing things down can help you to create a checklist of the things that you have achieved/plan to achieve. Set up reminders on your phone so you have active alerts to remind yourself to spend sufficient time on each goal. This works really well if you are like me and always on the go!

2. Keep it Realistic

There is nothing wrong with dreaming big and having ambitions. However, it is important to remain realistic with the goals that you are hoping to achieve. If you are just starting out on your chosen career, striving for CEO is a goal that you probably shouldn’t be setting yourself up with from the offset! How about researching the company first and get clued up job progression - then set your targets and goals based on these.

3. Be consistent

Staying consistent is key! After writing things down, try your best to remain consistent and build a routine with your goals. Spend a designated time on the things that you plan to achieve. This can be as simple as applying for a minimum amount of jobs each week, or researching and networking a company to find out more about job progression.

4. Stay focused

Camera-FocusingIt can be easy to fall into the habit of starting to work on a long-term goal, only to lose focus a few weeks later because you have started on a brand new goal. A tip on how to avoid doing this is to make a record of new goal ideas when you think of them, but don’t take action straight away! By doing this you can then assess if these new ideas will contribute in any way to the first goal that you have. If you find that they don’t, simply right them down and start on them when you have achieved the first goal. This will prevent you from losing track.

5. Stay motivated

Staying motivated is one of the most important things whist setting out and achieving your goals. Over 2015 we have written blogs on motivation and job seeking positivity that are very relevant for setting out your goals for this year. We would recommend checking them out if this is something you struggle with.

6. Celebrate your progress

Firework streaks in night sky, celebration backgroundAnd finally, celebrate how far you have come! Remember, each action that you do pushes you closer to your goals, so don’t lose sight of this. Go ahead and eat that doughnut, you deserve it! We hope that 2016 is a great year for you and your job journey, and be sure to keep checking for exciting new blog updates throughout the coming 12 months. Good luck and Happy New year!
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