Despite this mildly good news, for many job hunters who have been seeking employment for months, and in some cases, years, mustering the enthusiasm to tackle the job market may have waned. That’s when setting and accomplishing tangible career goals can help bolster a recession weary job seeker, according to Hallie Crawford, Certified Career Coach and founder of Create Your Career Path.
“Setting goals is an exercise that enables job seekers to crystallize a career path,” explains Crawford. “However, they need to be ‘smart’ goals that are measurable, realistic and within a set timeframe. People often slow down on their goals because they’re trying to accomplish too much all at once. Then they become overwhelmed and quit.”
To stay motivated in a sluggish job market Crawford recommends:
• Break career goals into smaller action steps that aren’t so overwhelming
• Visualize being offered the job that you want
• Identify obstacles to achieving career goals and determine ways to overcome them
U.S. companies continuing to project increases in headcount in the coming months may be the best motivation of all to workers wanting to land a dream job.
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About Create Your Career Path
Since 2002 Create Your Career Path and their team of certified career coaches have helped job searchers nationwide identify their ideal career path, navigate their career transition and achieve their career goals. New college grads through mid-career professionals have used our career coaches to find their dream job. Create Your Career Path was founded by certified career coach, speaker and author Hallie Crawford. Crawford has served on the Board of the Georgia Coach Association, and is regularly featured as a career expert on CNN, Fox Business News, the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo HotJobs and Entrepreneur Magazine.