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The Importance of Setting Firm Career Goals
5/12/2014 @ 5:12 am

When searching for sales or marketing employment, our recruiters have often found that it’s the job seeker who hurts themselves most. For most, the importance of firm career goals and paying attention to job descriptions is not stressed enough.

Hurting Your Career By Not Setting the Right Goals

Often, this self handicap is inflicted through a lack of specific goal setting, which results in excess wasted time applying to open positions that are neither favorable nor conducive to the job seeker obtaining the career he or she desires.

Those Job Descriptions That You Read or Maybe Don’t Read

Studies our marketing and sales recruitment professionals have see that focused job seekers know what steps they have to take to get to not only reach, but exceed their career goals. One of the main tools that effective individuals utilize is that these marketing and sales applicants do a thorough analysis on each and every job description they apply for.

Among other aspects, our sales headhunters have seen the following benefits applicants receive when carefully studying job descriptions:

- The job descriptions allow applicants to understand every single aspect that employers want in the individuals whom they are recruiting.

- That knowledge can be leveraged to assist the job seeker in altering their resume and cover letter
according to the employer or recruiter’s needs.

Why Tossing Resumes on LinkedIn Won’t Help Career Goals

The challenge of competition means that you have to step it up versus those whom an employer might be initially drawn to more than you, at least on the surface.

For instance, kids from Harvard can toss stuff out on LinkedIn and cakewalk into interviews. LinkedIn makes it easy to apply because they make money off employers. The more responses employers get, the more likely they are to post on LinkedIn again.

So with the flood of applications, a lot of companies will chase prospective employees they won’t get anyway, and you get pushed aside. That just means you have to work harder and smarter and faster, and learn a decent amount. Be creative.

You can beat the odds. One of the best ways to do that is to set specific goals, because then you reach them a lot easier than a nebulous, poorly defined goal.

Source: Forbes

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