Using SMART Goals to Get Your Job Search Strategy in Shape

June 16th, 2017

Creating specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely (SMART) goals is a great way to organize a job search not only in Delaware, but anywhere you go. No matter where you look for employment, you will have competition. Some of that competition will have industry connections or more experience. However, this does not count you out. If your job search is precise, you may be able to discern opportunities that others pass over. You will pay attention to that crucial detail that the employer is searching for. Also, you will be able to fit your job search into your already busy life.

Here is how to use SMART to get your job search strategy in shape.

Specific

Do not waste your time applying to jobs that you are not qualified for – getting a job is not a numbers game. You will have a much better chance at fast employment by creating a strong network with people who believe in your specific skill set. If you partner with a staffing agency that specializes in your core competency, your market will open up more immediately. However, you need to understand your own core competency first, so sit down and determine your day one skill set before you start sending out resumes.

Measurable

Too many prospective employees do not take the time to quantify their worth to employers. This may sound a bit cold hearted, but we are talking business! If you understand exactly how to measure your worth to employers, you will also have a better indication of the salary that you can draw. You will also be able to more specifically define the temp jobs that are worth your time if you can show your ROI and justify your hourly wage.

Attainable

You may not be able to shoehorn your way into full time employment. However, this does not mean that you cannot have a full time income. Working with the right employment agency can get your foot in the door through a number of temp jobs. These employers may want to take you on full time, or you may find another employer with a stronger resume. The goal is to reach for something attainable and climb your way up the employment ladder, step by step.

Relevant

Stick to relevant jobs and relevant partners. If you focus on your skill set and primary industry, you can develop a reputation. Although you may find the occasional position outside of your core competency, you should not focus your energy in more than one place.

Timely

Being on time is certainly important in the job search market. However, having a timely presence is more than just showing up on the 12. You should have a timely knowledge of your industry that you can communicate to potential employers. There is a reason that many employers are looking to hire Millennials – the stereotype is that Millennials are more well versed in modern technology. Update your resume and your talking points consistently for best results in your search.

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