4 Crucial Reasons Why You Should Set SMART Career Goals In 2023

Is 2023 the year for knowledge workers to pursue a new job?

Thousands of professionals will answer yes to that question this year. Are you one of them?

If so, you’re not alone. CFO provided some extremely relevant guidance in a recent article:

Organizations giving employees flexible work environments and salary raises to keep them from jumping ship in a historically tight labor market have paid some dividends. But recent data from the Human Workplace Index Survey by Workhuman shows more than a third (36%) of U.S. employees plan on leaving their jobs within the next year [2023].

Those are some eye-popping stats for sure. But even with the large number of new job seekers expected in 2023, the vast majority will stay with their current employer.

So how can information technology professionals successfully evaluate their careers in 2023? 

The easiest way is to establish a trusted relationship with a professional recruiter. If you’re considering a job change, looking for some temporary contract work, or planning an entirely new career path, we can help. Call us today at 908-964-7575, and let’s start searching for your dream job together. 

And if you’re looking for guidance in getting your arms around your future career path, this post will provide you with four straightforward reasons to set SMART career goals in 2023.

So let’s get started.

SMART goals will help you take control of your career. 

 The SMART framework breaks your career goals down like this:

Specific—simple, sensible, significant

Measurable—meaningful, motivating

Achievable—agreed, attainable

Relevant—reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based

Time-sensitive—time-based, time-limited, timely, time-bound

We recommend the SMART concept for employers and job candidates to set goals and objectives effectively.

But what can they do for employees considering a job change?

This framework provides a simple tool to identify, pursue, and measure your career objectives.

SMART goals will help you do an effective self-evaluation.

We always recommend that information technology professionals take some time to do a professional self-assessment at least once a year. And the beginning of a new year is an excellent time for a candid career evaluation.

Here are some of the critical questions for IT knowledge workers to consider:

  • What do you want to accomplish this year professionally? 
  • Are you motivated, engaged, and challenged in your current position?
  • Do you have the work-lifestyle blend you’re looking for?
  • Is your compensation plan in line with your peers, geographic location, abilities, and responsibilities?

As you begin to address these questions, you may be surprised at the personal observations that start to emerge. 

It might make sense for you to pursue a lateral or vertical promotion with your current employer. You may decide to pick up a side gig. Or you may see a better path forward by seeking a new position with a new company.

Your self-assessment will inform the construct of your SMART goals and vice versa.

Goal setting will also help you bring your career path into focus.

Through self-evaluation and SMART goal setting, you’ll start to get a sense of where you’re going and where you want to go—in both the short- and long-term—with your career.

There’s nothing like information visualization to put things into perspective. Creating your SMART goals for 2023 will be like having a personal career spreadsheet to guide your decision-making. And, like a spreadsheet, your goals are changeable and malleable.

Is it time for a change?

Are you among the tens of thousands of information technology professionals who will change jobs this year? Your SMART goals will help you inform your decision. 

So what happens if you decide that it’s time to look for a new position with a new company?

Consider engaging with an established recruiting and staffing agency to help you with your job search. A dedicated recruiting team can streamline your job search by helping you quickly locate those great companies looking for candidates with your skills, credentials, and experience.  

The recruiting team at Patel Consultants will take time to understand your unique skills, capabilities, and career objectives before starting the search process.

We give our candidates and hiring clients the same red carpet treatment.

You can expect us to find you the perfect employer from our long list of strategic relationships with local, regional, Fortune 100, and Global 1000 companies. Patel Consultants has over 40 years of experience placing IT professionals with exceptional companies.    

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Call us today at 908-964-7575, or get in touch online. Our expert recruiters are waiting for your call.