Where will you take your career in 2013

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It’s that time of year again – to reflect on the year behind you and plan the year ahead. Many people are looking to move their career forward, but without a strategy or ongoing momentum, it can be difficult. How can you ensure that you achieve your work goals and progress in your career over the coming year?

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Where will you take your career in 2013

  1. 1. Where will you take your career in 2013?It’s that time of year again – to reflect on the year behind you and plan the year ahead. Many peopleare looking to move their career forward, but without a strategy or ongoing momentum, it can bedifficult. How can you ensure that you achieve your work goals and progress in your career over thecoming year?Identify what you want to achieveThe first step to achieving your goals is to find a time where you can focus and think clearly aboutwhat you really want. This can be hard when balancing Christmas plans, work schedules, and familylife, but block out a good chunk of time for reflection; this can energise and realign you to yourgoals. Visit a place that you find inspiring, which will allow you to distance yourself from the hustleand bustle of your everyday life. Take time to be alone so that you can gain perspective and focus onwhat you really want.Reflect on your successAsk a friend, colleague or career coach to help you analyse what skills have contributed to yoursuccess and develop your clear personal brand. If you take stock of your achievements, remindyourself of your values, and understand your competencies, it will enable you to move forward byreassuring yourself you’re headed in the right direction.Clearly define your objectivesBe courageous by admitting to yourself what you really want from your career. When writing yourgoals, ask yourself if they’re SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound).Strategise for career developmentIdentify the actions you need to undertake to reach your milestones, and map them out like acorporate strategy. Don’t let this become a personal plan; share it with others and let them knowhow they can support you. For example, if you want to take extra night courses that relate to yourjob and have the potential to help your company, tell your manager. Your employer may well pay forthe course, and your manager may be able to offer you flexible working hours to accommodate thetime needed for it.Practical planning tips:Spread your resolutions outWhen you start planning, space your goals out over the year; it’s not realistic to expect to wake uptransformed on January 1st. It’s much easier to see what you want to do right away than to planwhat you want to accomplish in 6 months to a year, so creating a long-term plan will keep you ontrack and help you achieve all of your goals, not just some.Write your plans down where you can see themOnce you’ve taken the time to develop your list of goals, transfer them into your Outlook calendar ordiary as individual tasks, or display them in a visible place alongside your day-to-day activities. Thiswill allow you to keep your goals in mind and in motion throughout the year, and constantly refer tothem. Brought to you by http://www.changeboard.com
  2. 2. Review your goals regularlyIf you take the time to reassess your resolutions throughout the year, you’ll start to feel more incontrol of them. Make a habit of scheduling in review time each week, so you can track yourprogress on each task, and identify what the next step will be. While it’s great to have a big-pictureplan, it’s the small successes that will ultimately help you reach your goal. Try the weekly reviewsystem from David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done”.Tell peopleLet your loved ones or colleagues know that you want to achieve a goal by a certain date. You’ll workharder since they’ll make you feel accountable, and the support of your network will push youforward.Realise the power of your visionIf your goal is to get a promotion, picture yourself moving to your new office or changing your title inyour email signature to the one you desire. Seeing your goals happen will help you believe they’reachievable. Create a vision for each of your resolutions, and think about them regularly. The moreyou envision your success, the more likely it will come true.Changeboard.com offers a specialist HR recruitment service to candidates and employers in the HRrecruitment market.The site also hosts a wealth of HR, recruitment and job-hunting resources from industry experts, aswell as a dedicated blog to help keep you up to date with all the latest HR trends.For more information and for the latest human resources jobs, please visit Changeboard. Brought to you by http://www.changeboard.com

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