Activate Your Goal
It’s one thing to want a new job or career; it’s another thing to actively pursue it. If you don’t develop a plan with specific actions, deadlines, and accountability, what’s to keep you from getting distracted by your everyday concerns and obligations? You need leverage–both positive and negative–to move forward.
Executive coaches and headhunters can supply leverage and help you attain your goal, but there are steps you can take on your own, too. I’ve developed a Goal Development Worksheet that can be used for career changes and other goals as well. It will help you identify benefits and potential obstacles, plan specific actions to overcome those obstacles, and set and meet deadlines. The Goal Development Worksheet works, in part, because it encourages you to think beyond yourself. How might a new career or position benefit others (like your family and friends)? How might some of them help hold you accountable to the goal?
Activate your goal of a new job or career. Start applying leverage.
Three Steps to Discover Your Values (Part 2)
Discover Your Strengths (Part 3)
Assess Your Leadership Style (Part 4)
Discover Your Hedgehog (Part 5)
Resume Recommendations (Part 7)
Creating a Personal Marketing Plan (Part 8)
An Avatar Is Worth a 1,000 Words (Part 9)
Resumes & the Art of Storytelling (Part 10)
Work to Do Before You Network (Part 11)
Boost Your Savvy via LinkedIn (Part 12)
Put Facebook to Work (Part 13)
Increase Your Klout Score (Part 14)
4 Informational Interviewing Tips (Part 15)
Create a Personal Brand (Part 16)
4 Ways to Improve Your References (Part 17)
4 Tips for Working with Search Firms (Part 18)
What’s Your Next and Best Career?
10 Steps to Make Changes Stick