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Presentation about goal setting delivered to the Nashville Career Center August 1, 2011

Presentation about goal setting delivered to the Nashville Career Center August 1, 2011



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  • Assessing and Setting Your Job Search Goals Richard C Ross 615 390-7283 [email_address]
  • Top Ten Decisions You Need to Make
    • Will you relocate?
    • What are you worth?
    • Will you take an interim job/will you contract?
    • Can you travel?
    • What will you need to do financially?
    • What is your objective/what could you invoice?
    • References?
    • Are you looking for a new job or a new career?
    • What is your target job and title?
    • How do you define success?
  • Understand your Motivators
    • Compensation
    • Career Path – chance for promotion
    • Co-workers
    • Confidence in the management team
    • The work itself
    • Security
    • Recognition
    • Life style
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  • Define a Goal
    • Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time targeted (SMART) objectives
    • Setting goals affects outcome in at least 4 ways
    • Goals focus attention and direct efforts to relevant activities and away from time wasting activity.
    • Goals lead to more effort and give you the opportunity to succeed and reward yourself
    • You are more likely to work through setbacks if you are pursuing a goal
    • Goals can lead to behavior change and/or strategies to change behavior
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  • Type of Goals
    • Physical
    • Personal
    • Business
    • Family
    • Financial
    • Spiritual
    • Career
  • Goal–performance relationship
    • Locke et al. (1981) examined the behavioral effects of goal-setting, concluding that 90% of laboratory and field studies involving specific and challenging goals led to higher performance than did easy or no goals. [5]
    • While some managers [ who? ] would believe it is sufficient to urge employees to ‘do their best’, Locke and Latham have a clear contradicting view on this. The authors state that people who are told to ‘do their best’ will not do so. ‘Doing your best’ has no external referent which implies that it is useless in eliciting specific behavior. To elicit some specific form of behavior from others, it is important that this person has a clear view of what is expected from him/her. A goal is thereby of vital importance because it facilitates an individual in focusing their efforts in a specified direction. In other words; goals canalize behavior (Cummings & Worley p. 368) [ vague ] . However when goals are established at a management level and thereafter solely laid down, employee motivation with regard to achieving these goals is rather suppressed (Locke & Latham, 2002 p. 705
  • How to make it work for you
    • Be realistic and write your goals down
    • What are your strengths/weaknesses
    • Find someone to hold you accountable
    • Be sure to celebrate the successes
    • Be persistent
    • Look at your goals often
    • Create daily ‘to-do’ lists
    • Be sure to set goals that you can control (performance vs outcome)
  • Some goal related quotes
    • Goals are dreams with deadlines.  ~Diana Scharf Hunt
    • The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.  ~Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead It is never too late to be who you might have been.  ~George Eliot Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.  ~Woody Allen I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.  ~Zig Ziglar There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.  ~Beverly Sills If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.  ~Attributed to Zig Ziglar The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them. Denis Watley
    • If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else. Yogi Berra
  • Top Ten Ways to Magnify your Efforts
    • Tomorrow starts every night – plan your day
    • Break your day into 2 halves – you now have 10 days/week
    • Call a friend to get you going
    • Make your first call by 7:45AM
    • Stick to a schedule
    • Use motivators
    • Take a long lunch
    • Tell your family about your schedule so they don’t apply their agenda
    • Create goals: yearly, monthly, lifetime – have someone hold you accountable
    • Reward yourself
  • Top 10 Worst Cover Letters
    • Mr. Cross
    • Dear Human Rescues
    • Please add this to your stack
    • “ your job with Comcast”
    • No resume attached
    • Posted on Monster
    • Manger
    • I would appreciate the opportunity to review my qualifications
    • More than seven (8) years of general experience, of which more than four (5) years is in analyzing, designing and testing client/server applications
    • POSITION DESIRED: Profreader
  • Top Ten Ways to Dismiss Yourself From Consideration
    • Arrogance/lack of interest
    • Jokes/Profanity/Political Statements
    • Job Upgrade attempt
    • Too much information
    • Lying on a resume
    • Slow responses
    • Alienating the recruiter
    • Using corporate resources
    • Not being prepared
    • Not qualified
  • In Epitoma
    • There are jobs, there is tough competition; you will need to do things that make you uncomfortable to get to your objective
    • Don’t take rejection personally
    • Engage your family with efforts, struggles and progress
    • Get out everyday
    • Have some daily quiet time
    • Ask God for his help
    • Get rid of your anger and resentment
    • Once you have been through this and get a job, you will never fear being fired again.
    • It’s God’s time and it’s on time every time.
    • Patience, persistence and prayer!