Create a Plan & Set Goals

Now that you have narrowed down the direction you want to go in, setting goals and making a plan will improve your chances of getting there.

Ask yourself some questions

  1. What do you want to do within the next 3-5 years? Refer to the occupations you listed in Occupations that Best Match Your Assessments.
  2. If you are unemployed, consider seeking a position that combines your experience with the fields you would like to enter. For example, if you have restaurant experience, but would like to work in the medical field, consider a position in dietary services at a hospital or nursing home.
  3. If you are employed make the most of opportunities for training, experience and networking that are available to you now. Read the company newsletter and website. Talk to your supervisor and HR personnel for information on upcoming trainings. Attend work functions and meet people from different departments.
  4. Target 10 companies where you would like to work. Include what type of work you could do there.
  5. Find 3 job postings for the type of position you want. Find job postings at Ohio Means Jobs.
  6. Compare your experience with the job postings.
  7. What skills, education, and experience do you have that would qualify you for these positions?
  8. What skills, education, and experience do you need to acquire that would qualify you for these positions?
  9. Take a close look at the trends for positions that interest you. What is the outlook for these positions?

 Use the Goals Worksheet (pdf) to help you identify your goals.

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