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What's The Status of Your 2013 Career Goals?

Time for a check-in. As we approach the end of January, the first month of the year, how are your 2013 career goals progressing? What have you crossed off your list? What's still there?

If you find yourself stuck in a bit of a rut, consider reviewing some of our most popular career/resolution-related posts. It's never too late to start setting career goals for 2013.


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Self-Employed? 5 Key Business Resolutions for the New Year.

As the new year begins, you have the opportunity to set some business resolutions to complement the resolutions you might have set in your personal life. While you have a huge choice of resolutions you could set, the five highlighted in this article will assist you in creating a positive start to a healthier business for this year and beyond.

1) Resolve to work more fully in your areas of brilliance. It can be tempting to take all the business that comes in, and to try and make clients "fit" when they just don't seem to- but the problem is that each time you try and make something work, you may be moving farther away from your own areas of brilliance and unique talent. Sure, it's likely that you can do many things well- but what if you do fewer things brilliantly? Clients will pay more for brilliant results.

2) Resolve to select for your ideal clients. So much has been written about targeting your ideal client that I won't spend much time on that here. There is a key distinction between knowing your ideal client and actually selecting for your ideal client. The first step is to identify who your ideal clients are, and the second step is to take regular and consistent action to find and select them. This means that you focus on marketing specifically to them, and marketing as widely as you can to attract many of them.

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5 Tips for Creating Weekly Goals that Stick

When it comes to career searching, we often talk about "big" goals -- things we would like to achieve in the long-term. It's also important to set smaller, short-term goals to help slowly, but surely, reach those bigger ones.

One of the easiest ways to accomplish small things is to set weekly goals every Monday. Typically on Monday morning you have a good sense of your schedule for the rest of the week. Use this knowledge to your advantage to create an actionable list of goals that fit with your week. Here are five of our favorite tips for creating weekly goals that stick.

  1. Rightsize your goals for your schedule: Particular busy this week? Pick one or two career transition-related goals and work to get them done. Is your workload lighter than usual? Use this time to your advantage -- sets goal that take longer periods of time or require more "brain power."
  2. Write your goals down: If you don't use an actual planner, develop a system that allows you to write your goals on paper and be reminded of them often. You are far more likely to accomplish something this way!

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What Are Your Military to Civilian Career Transition Goals for 2012?

With only a month to go until the new year, it's time to start thinking about what your military to civilian career goals are for the coming year. Will you be making the transition in the next 12 months? Have you already transitioned to the private section, but find that your current position may not be the right one and it's time to start fresh? No matter what your situation, the key is to start thinking about 2012 now.

Some questions to do you started:

  • What goals did you reach this year?
  • What did you hope to accomplish this year but didn't?

Compare your answers to the first two questions. What was it about the things that you did accomplish that are different than what didn't quite get done? Are there trends you can identify? If so, as you start putting together your list of goals for 2012, think about things that are actionable and accomplishable over the next twelve months.

When it comes to the career transition, ask yourself these questions to get started:

  • What is my goal and how can it be broken down?
    • For example: is your goal to find a job, find the perfect job or find a job fast? You may say "all of the above," but it's important to think about what's doable and what your priorities are.
  • What assistance will I need to accomplish my career goal?
  • What are the biggest roadblocks to reaching my career goal?
  • What are my greatest advantages?

Start thinking about these questions now so that in a few weeks you can put together a solid list for 2012.

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