SMART objectives2Most likely you have career goals, whether it’s to climb up your company’s ladder, expand your crew, switch to another industry or maybe it’s just to refrain from being fired. Regardless of the goal, there is a SMART method to develop these goals. But let’s call these career goals professional objectives.

Professional Objectives

Professional objectives, aka career goals, can appear on professional documents, such as resumes and career plans.

Are professional objectives necessary?

Answer me this. When you go to pour foundation for an office building, do you just guess on the measurements of the building and start pouring? Good grief, I hope not. Goals are like the building foundation of life. And there’s a high chance that if you want your life to go somewhere, you’ll have a couple career goals in mind. So, yes, they’re necessary if you want to become a better you in your career.

So, how do I make my professional objective? Can’t I just say I want to run my father’s company one day? Really, you can, but it most likely won’t happen if you don’t give your goal specifications. Try out one of the most effective methods for setting goals.

SMART Method

This acronym is golden.

S- Specific

Be specific. Let’s say you’re trying to start a new company that pours concrete.  What type of projects do you want to do?  What types of clients to you want to work with?  Where are they? Pinpoint what exactly your goal entails so you can progress towards it.

M- Measurable

Break your goal into measurable segments. If your goal is to pour 50 patios in a year, that would be roughly 4-5 each month. Will you start out with completing 4 a month at the beginning of the year and build up to 5? Measuring data allows you to gauge how far from your goal you are at any time.

A- Attainable

Make sure your goal is attainable. Ask yourself if it’s possible to accomplish your goal under your current circumstances. If you’re an electrical company just starting out with 3 guys on your crew, is it reasonable to think you can finish 10 different jobs in one day? Probably not. You can always simplify or enhance your goal as needed.

R- Relevant

Your goal should be relevant to you and your other goals. If you’re a plumber, it’s not logical that your goals would include increasing the amount of jobs you have for replacing siding on houses. How does that goal help your plumbing business? Your goals should fit into your overall employment outlook.

T- Time Frame

Set a time frame. Deadlines create a sense of urgency. To best achieve your goals, pin a specific date to achieve your goals by. Circle that date on your calendar and don’t let it slip your mind.

Better Together

All of the SMART method components work best together. Set specific, measurable, achievable goals that are relevant to your life. Don’t wait forever to achieve them either; set a time frame. And don’t forget to include your new, SMART professional objective into your professional documents!

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