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There’s Still Time to Get Your Goals Back on Track

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As we close the door on winter and look towards spring, where do you stand with what you wanted to accomplish in 2019? Whether this was a New Year’s Resolution or a sales projection, are you on track to accomplish what you set to do at the beginning of the year? How do you monitor this progress, and if you’re behind, how do you get back on track?

Benchmarking

The most important way to track our goals is through benchmarking. Benchmarks are smaller goals on the path to your overall goal and are your best indicators of progress. They must be quantifiable and divided over multiple increments of time. For example, if you wanted to lose 60 pounds over the course of the year, you could set benchmarks of losing 5 pounds at the end of each month. Same goes for business. If you projected half a million dollars in sales for the year, one might benchmark sales of roughly $42,000 per month.

While it can seem repetitive to create smaller sets of goals for the larger task you wish to conquer, their ultimate purpose is to make goals easier to tackle. Sometimes the overall goal has numerous parts or is so big it’s difficult to assess any progress. By breaking them down into smaller, more manageable pieces, we can do a better job at assessing what to change.

Getting Back on Track

If you find yourself slipping on your path to accomplishing a goal, don’t worry. If making a significant change or taking on a challenge was easy, that would defeat the purpose of goals. Remind yourself that this is an ongoing, continuous process. Focus your attention on the next benchmark, whether that comes tomorrow, next week, or next month is specific to you.

If you become discouraged, remind yourself why you started. And don’t be afraid to adapt! It’s okay to expand on a goal, especially if over a long period of time. New information may become known or your outlook may shift midway through your journey. Just ensure you evaluate your original goal, why you set it, and that this new outlook doesn’t derail your original positive intentions.

5 things you must do before applying for jobs

5 Things You Must Do Before You Start Applying For Jobs

5 things you must do before applying for jobs

So, you’re ready to put yourself out there. You’ve decided that you are fed up with your current employment situation and you start looking for greener pastures. But WAIT – before you get too deep into your job search, there are a few things you should do first to ensure a painless and successful process that will end with you landing your dream job.

Decide What You REALLY Want

Before you start applying for jobs, it’s helpful to understand what your future goals are. What do you want out of your next position… an opportunity for growth? Something challenging that pushes your limits? Whatever it is that you want, narrowing it down before you submit applications will help guide you to apply for the right positions.

Update Your Resume

I know, I know, updating your resume is the worst! But it is so much easier to do this before you start searching for jobs. That way, when an exciting opportunity comes along, you can make a couple final tweaks to fit that specific position and submit it within a matter of hours. Pro tip: if your qualifications allow you to apply within a couple different specialty areas, create multiple resume templates.

Create a Cover Letter Template

Cover letters should always be customized to the position you are applying for, no exception. However, it’s helpful to develop a template with a general outline that you can follow every time you need to craft a cover letter. And remember, even if the job description says a cover letter is optional, submit one anyway! It may just be the one thing that sets you apart from your competition. (For more cover letter tips, check out “How To Write A Killer Cover Letter.”)

Put Together a Portfolio

This may or may not be relevant for all careers. If your previous positions or volunteer work has been at all visual, you’ll want to include a portfolio. Examples of your most impressive work can be a huge benefit when it comes to outshining your competition. To go the extra mile, create a free website on Wix or WordPress and include links to any press releases, social media examples, or writing samples. The more accessible you can make it in the digital age, the better!

Sign Up For Job Alerts

Visit your favorite job search sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, and JSG’s Talent Network and subscribe to receive relevant job updates. That way, you’ll be the first to know when a job in your field pops up and you can submit your application right away.