Happy holidays everyone! Hope things are going well. It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged but I really wanted to share something. I had an interview this week and the candidate made a comment to me that I really loved, I mean….loved. They said:
“The priorities we set define us”
It got me thinking, for those of you experience a job search or thinking about moving your career needle...what kind of priorities have you set? Now, the idea of priorities is pretty complicated and honestly only you can set your priorities but I did spend a lot of time thinking about this and had a few thoughts I wanted to share
Rank your priorities - This one is obvious right? The question really is, do you want to be the best parent in the world? Best recruiter? Does money matter? Do you work to live or live to work? Literally, there are a bunch of things to consider. What you need to do is figure out what really matters to you...define it and then optimize your more tactical priorities from there.
Set sub-goals - Ok, so you have your high level priorities set. Awesome...huge step and most people never get there so feel good about this. Next, start trying to define what each one of those priorities really means and what you need to do to accomplish them….and be realistic.
Build a timeline - You’ve got your priorities set and you’ve got a bunch of tactical steps you need to take to accomplish your goals...now you need a timeline. The timeline will keep you honest and make you focus. A key here again will be to be realistic. For example, you can’t say you are going to interview for 50 jobs in the next month...not enough days in the month. So, really focus on setting a timeline that you can work with and get things accomplished.
Get going - This is the most important step. Get going and get it done. The difference between superstars and everyone else is superstars get stuff done. Now is the time to define yourself by not only setting priorities but getting them done.
That’s it this week, I’ll try to get a few more posts done by the end of the year and start strong again in 2014.
Good luck out there, the holidays are a GREAT time to amp up your job search