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By Megan Crossman, Client Partnership Supervisor

Are you looking to grow and advance in your career? One of the most effective ways to take the next step is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals and hold yourself accountable. What is a S.M.A.R.T. goal, you ask? Let’s walk through it one letter at a time:

  • S” is for specific. Set a goal that is clearly defined. Whois involved? Whatdo I want to accomplish? Wherewill it be done? Whyam I doing this? Getting specific about your goal will help give it reason and purpose.
  • M” is for measurable. How will you track the progress and measure the outcome of your goal? How will you know your goal is accomplished?
  • A” is for attainable/achievable. Your goal should challenge you but also remain reasonable enough to be accomplished.
  • R” is for relevant. Set goals that are consistent with one another. Each immediate goal should fit in with your long-term goals.
  • T” is for timely. Give your goal a time limit. Get specific with the month/day/year you will meet it. This will help create a sense of urgency and prompt you to effectively manage your time to attain your goal.

On a yearly basis at Remedy, each colleague sets S.M.A.R.T. goals for themselves. I’ve shared one of my goals for this year below:

“I will continue to build my brand and network on LinkedIn by posting at least one job opening or article per week, connecting with at least two people from each networking event I attend, and receiving at least two recommendations by the end of the year.”

Do you see how my goal qualifies as a S.M.A.R.T. goal?

My goal is specific in that I define my goal clearly: I want to build my brand and network on LinkedIn. I can measure it by making sure I post each week, connect with at least two people at networking events, and receive at least two recommendations this year. I feel it is reasonable for me to have the time engage more on LinkedIn, making it attainable, while still challenging me and my time management skills. It is relevant because it fits in with my long-term goals to continue to network and grow as a recruiter. Lastly, it is timely, as it sets a timeline for what I want to accomplish weekly and by the end of the year.

Setting your goals using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym sets you up to successfully achieve those goals, but you’ll also want a way to make sure you are holding yourself accountable for what you want to achieve.  

I can already start to see some of the progress I’ve made, as I have been posting weekly and have grown my connections already in the first few months of the year. Sharing my intentions with my manager and team is helping to hold me accountable to reach my targets by the end of the year.

Go ahead, set some S.M.A.R.T. goals! We would love to hear about your goals and would be happy to assist you with setting them and holding you accountable! 


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