Job goals

Job goal setting

For you to get the right job, you need a realistic goal in mind. When you identify your goal, your mind will focus on your objective. This enables you to reach it in the shortest time possible.

Your goals must be about your dreams, talents, needs and skills. Only you can decide what your goals are, nobody else can.

Keep in mind the following when making goals:

Where would you like to work?

What sort of work would you like?

How much would you like to earn?

What type of lifestyle would you like?


SMART is a mnemonic used in project management at the project objective setting stage. It is an excellent way to approach goal setting.

Write you goals down and apply SMART to them.

Specific – Clearly define your goal. Write as much as you can in detail.
Measurable – How will you know when you’ve reached your goal? Define something to measure against. If you want to be a computer programmer, you will have reached your goal when you write your first piece of software.
Achievable – Your goal is possible. Be careful not to set an unobtainable goal, be realistic.
Relevant – Your goal is relevant to your needs and not too complicated to achieve.
Time framed – Set a deadline, as tasks like this do not have a clear ending point.
As mentioned in a previous article, making a job compatible with your values is very important. The same is true for goals.

Last modified: Wednesday 20 April 2011