8 ways to achieve your goals

By Drum Digital
11 July 2014

Professionals who are in careers today will change jobs much more frequently than in previous generations. You need to be prepared and proactive in managing your career.

Professionals who are in careers today will change jobs much more frequently than in previous generations.

Therefore, you need to be prepared and proactive in managing your career.

Our lives are busy enough balancing work and family without having to find time for making major career changes as well.

The tips below provide you some solid strategies to achieve your career goals:

1. CV and LinkedIn Profile Maintenance

Write down your accomplishments from the past year. This will help you identify your market worth. Keeping track of accomplishments will help you in review and bonus time.

Keeping your CV and LinkedIn profile up to date will keep you visible in the job market with recruiters or hiring managers.

2. Set up Lunchtime Conversations With Influencers

Connect with the shakers and movers within your organization to develop mutual relationships.

If a special project or a higher position opens up, they will be more likely to think of you. Your internal company network is important to your career success.

3.Network

Network face-to-face with one to three people each month outside the company to stay connected to your industry and to develop your networking skills.

Identify 10 people you lost touch with and would like to reconnect with. Reach out to them, perhaps indicating that one of your 2013 goals is to keep your network active.

When you meet with the people in your network, bring something to the table and be sure you are offering value.

4. Attend Industry Events

Join your industry professional associations and attend monthly events. Find out the dates and times, put them in your calendar and try not to schedule meetings too close to the event so you will have enough travel time. Bring information to share with your colleagues.

5. Keep Your Image Professional

Keeping an updated look is essential for initial impressions. One new piece of apparel can update your look  if you're not one to shop. On the other end of the spectrum, be cognizant that dressing too trendy can be unappealing in a professional setting. Use the rule of thumb of looking in the mirror to see if you need to eliminate one accessory.

6. Schedule Quarterly Meetings

Set up quarterly meetings with your boss to stay on track with your professional development. Since you need to be the leader in managing your career, you need to take the initiative to set up routine times to conduct professional development meetings. In these meetings, ask your boss what his or her expectations are for your department and position over the next quarter, and if there are ways you could improve from the previous quarter — sometimes, it's necessary to take initiative to get the constructive criticism you need.

7. Review Career Goals

Mark your calendar six months out for a review of career goals and make adjustments if necessary. Staying on top of your career goals and periodically reviewing them helps you measure your progress, successes and evaluate the feasibility of accomplishing your remaining goals.

8. Read Industry Books

Read Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People or Keith Ferazzi's Never Eat Alone. Both books reinforce building relationships inside and outside your organization, which is the key to career success.

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