January 14, 2016

Be SMART in your career search: Setting SMART Goals

What are SMART goals?  What does this acronym mean?  SMART goals are commonly attributed to Peter Drucker’s management by objectives concept.  The purpose of setting SMART goals is to make objectives easier to understand and achieve.  This theory has been applied to various business objectives including employee training, performance management and project management.  For our purposes I believe that you can use SMART goals for job seeking as well.  So what does the SMART acronym mean and why is it applicable to us? The answer is as follows: Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time bound How does this play into the world of job seeking?  Why should I follow these criteria? Let’s answer these questions by addressing each piece of the SMART objective setting model and how it relates to your resume and the job search. Specific When writing a resume or even applying to jobs we need to have a direction, we need to narrow down our field of search and make it targeted. Resume: If we are scattered in our resume this will be seen by recruiters and they will begin to ask the question why are you applying to this job specifically, a question we would rather not be asked. Job Search: If we are scattered in our job search we may attract jobs that don’t fit us and will

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