New Year Goals Should Land Your Next Job #goalsetting to forward #careers

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With every new year is another opportunity to restart your career.   How can you turn new goals for your current job into a solid track to your next promotion?

One of the most important January business planning activities is often overlooked.   Rested from a holiday break, we get back to work full of energy and ready to tear through our To-Do list, particularly if we have year end projects to finish.  Let’s step back and ask some questions about those activities.

  • Is the planned activity list going to help my company deliver better products or services?
  • Do I have any activities planned that will help me grow professionally?
  • What work will help me get promoted?

Creating a strategic plan in January for tactical activities for the entire year will benefit your employer and you personally. I suggest writing out five possible goals to share with your manager, seeking their input and approval.

Create Five Goals

Goals One, Two and Three – These goals should be structured to benefit your company.   How can you set a goal that will improve sales, productivity or overall profit?  Even at an entry level position, your activities should show a direct line contribution to profit for your corporation, or to improvement of services to your customers or constituents.  Putting the company first indicates to your supervisor that you understand and are inspired by the company mission.

Goal Four – Your next goal should be structured around personal improvement or professional development.   Although we arrive at the workplace with past experience or have received on-the-job training, there is always something more you can learn.  Perhaps you may look into a certification program that you can add to your resume.  Or maybe it is time to broaden your ability to contribute with a horizontal move into another practice area to expand your knowledge base.

Goal Five – The last goal should be written to show your desire to take on additional responsibilities.  Read through the job descriptions of the job you want.  What skill set is needed for this position?  How can you demonstrate that you have the knowledge or leadership skills to meet the challenges and responsibilities in this role.

Congratulations – you are ready to start a new year, and great opportunities lie ahead!  Get after it!

About Joyce Jarek: Joyce Jarek Mihalik is a business leader in the real estate industry, creator of HlpSum1®Inc., and author of First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates.  She enjoys mentoring her own team, and coaching new graduates who are entering the workforce and starting their first real job after college. To purchase First Job, visit www.hlpsum1.com/first-job.html 

Emerging Leaders in Commercial Real Estate, Passionate about Sustainability

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I had an opportunity this week to be a guest lecturer at Columbia University.   I thank Tom Paladino and Sukanya Paciorek, two of the top leaders in sustainability and asset management today, for inviting me to meet and address this inspiring group of professionals who aspire to lead commercial real estate development projects throughout the world.

I felt privileged to hear them speak of their leadership goals and express in a personal way, why sustainable design is important to them. They have problems they want to solve with themes that ranged from wellness, to water scarcity, to preservation of the world.   We also discussed the many lessons learned that comes from the completion of a complicated project, and how important it is to review with your core and extended teams the design, the methodology, and team leadership, that made a development project successful, or created challenges along the way.

What was my take away?  Overall, it has been a memorable few days.    Heightened by  emotion as I shared grief with three friends and coworkers who have lost loved ones just in the last week, I remember that personal passion for something matters.  Dreams become a job, meetings become a necessary evil, and projects develop a routine cadence as they pass from phase to phase until delivery.   But if you have something you fundamentally believe in, and an overarching problem you are trying to solve, it remains the drum beat that lifts your actions, refines your reaction, and fosters sustained enthusiasm, for many years to come.

Thank you class, and good luck!

About Joyce Jarek: Joyce Jarek Mihalik is a business leader in the real estate industry, creator of HlpSum1® Inc., and author of First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates.  She enjoys mentoring her own team, and coaching new graduates who are entering the workforce and starting their first real job after college. To purchase First Job, visit www.hlpsum1.com/first-job.html About Joyce Jarek: Joyce Jarek Mihalik is a business leader in the real estate industry, creator of HlpSum1® Inc., and author of First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates.  She enjoys mentoring her own team, and coaching new graduates who are entering the workforce and starting their first real job after college. To purchase First Job, visit www.hlpsum1.com/first-job.html