Advancing Your Career Through Goal Setting

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Bob was interested in improving himself and he started reading several books and listening to CDs on success and personal development.  The message on one of the CDs discussed the importance of goal setting.  Like most people, Bob definitely had goals.  But also like most people, Bob didn’t have his goals written down on paper.

Goal setting expert, Brian Tracy, believes that goals need to be written down in order to truly be a goal.  Without the act of writing the goal down, the activity is more like a hope, dream or wish.  But by writing the goal down, you are making a commitment to yourself to achieve your desired outcome.  He believes that your goals need to be specific and that you need to have a step-by-step plan for how you will achieve your goals.

With so many people establishing goals for the New Year, Tracy asks his listeners to project forward to the end of the upcoming year and ask themselves, “if this was the best year of your life, what would it look like?  What would have to happen to make it so good?”

Intrigued by this thought, Bob started thinking about this goal setting thought as it applied to his career.  Bob is currently working as an assistant in sports information at the NCAA Division II level.  His dream has been to work at the Division I level, but it’s just been a dream.  He decided to take Brian Tracy’s advice and he wrote down his goals.  He also remembers the Career-Planning Guide that is outlined in the book Getting Hired in College Sports and he followed these guidelines to outline a blueprint for the future.

So what would make 2014 the best year of your life?  Write this vision down.  Make this your goal for the year.  Create a plan on how you would achieve this goal.  Do you need to further your education?  Do you need to enhance your skills?  Or, do you need to expand your network.  Write these steps down as the action steps for achieving your goal.

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process. In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS! 

 

Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at http://www.SportsCareersInsitute.com or his newest book Execute for Success at www.Execute4Success.com.

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The Holiday Season is a Good Time For Your Job Search

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Roger was attending the office Christmas party but his mind was somewhere else.  He has been looking for another job for about two or three months with little success.  Roger decided to take a break from the job search process during the holiday season.  He reasoned that nobody was hiring so he would just take a month or so off and pick the search back up after the first of the year.  His mind, however, wouldn’t let it go.

As he was filling his cup at the punch bowl, Sara, a co-worker and friend, asked how the search was going. Roger explained that he was taking some time off and will pick it back up in a month.  Sara looked puzzled as she questioned his reasoning.

Sara went on to explain that Roger is falling into the same trap that many people fall into.  This “taking some time off” logic is the exact reason he should stay active in the job search process.  You see, when so many people take time away from being active in the job search process, there is less competition for each job, which makes it easier to get the position.  Couple this with the networking opportunities available during this time of year, and the holidays become a real good time for you to be active in the job market.

When looking for a job during the holiday season, keep these tips in mind:

  • The Holiday Season offers Networking Opportunities – This is because of the large number of parties, gatherings, and functions.  Take advantage of these opportunities but do it gracefully so you don’t appear to be using these events as your mini-job search campaign. 
  • Don’t Overdo the Punch – Have fun at the parties but don’t over do it.  Your brand and reputation are on the line.
  • Be Intentional in Building Relationships – One of your main focuses needs to be on building positive relationships with colleagues.  You will want to be purposeful in developing these relationships, yet be sincere in wanting to get to know them.  This means you should be very outgoing and friendly during the events, but don’t continue to look over their shoulder for the next person you can talk to.  Stay in the moment and build a relationship.
  • Your Image Counts – Look professional and don’t come dressed as Santa.  It’s great to have fun during these events, but whether you like it or not, you’re being judged.  People draw conclusions about you based on how you look, what you say, and what you do.  This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun; it just means that you shouldn’t take crazy pictures and post them to Facebook or grab the mic and make a fool out of yourself. 
  • Stay Active in the Job Search Process – Remember that the competition for each job is significantly reduced during this time of year.  Be the exception and continue to work your job search campaign.
  •  Know the Job Search Process – A job search goal that is easy for you to accomplish during this time of year is to brush up on your job search skills.  Know what your skills and abilities are.  Have your sales pitch written out, practiced, and down pat. Perfect your resume and cover letter.  Write out and practice your answers to interview questions.  Practice telling stories. In other words, read and prepare for all five stages of the job search process.  When asked what you’d like for Christmas, you might want to consider a new suit, new dress shoes, or a book on the elements that are associated with the job search process.

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process. In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS!

 

Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at http://www.SportsCareersInsitute.com or his newest book Execute for Success at www.Execute4Success.com.

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The Job Search Continuum

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

The experiences you have are key to securing the job you want. The more aligned your experiences are with the job you’re applying for the better your chances are for getting the job.  I liken this to a continuum where at one end you don’t have any experience and on the other end you have the exact experiences that the position requires.

This would be like an athletic director at a Division I institution applying for an athletic directors position at another Division I institution, exact job experience.  But even with this exact job experience, this doesn’t mean the person will get the job.

This is because there are other factors that comprise your overall experiences within the job search continuum.  Exact job experience is important but so is the type of education you have, your skills and abilities, and being the right fit for the institution.  All of these experiences are important factors that move you up or down the continuum.

Somewhere along this continuum lies your experience.  The closer you get to the exact qualifications of the position you want, the more likely you are to get the job.

So what is your career goal?  What is your current job?   What steps do you need to take to get from your current situation to where you want to be?  The answers to these questions will help you to identify how to move up the continuum toward gaining the experiences you need for the job you want.  More specifically, once you have identified the job you want, answer the following three questions.

1.   What educational training will you need in order to attain the job you want? (e.g. a master’s degree in Sports Management)

2.   What experiences are necessary in order to attain the job you want? (e.g. coaching experience, marketing experience)

3.   What skills are necessary for you to attain the job you want? (e.g. budgeting, public speaking, management skills)

Once you have identified the skills, experiences, and educational training that you need, you will want to create a personal training and development program that will help you to gain these experiences.  In turn, this personal training and development plan will help you to move up the job search continuum and get you closer to the job you really want.  Continuing to learn, and continuing to improve, is necessary as you strive to reach your career goals.

Ultimately, the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job search process.  In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS!

Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition  at www.SportsCareersInstitute.com  or his new book Execute for Success at www.Execute4Success.com.