A recruitment agency is the best way to find your first – or your next – dream career. But in order to get the most from your agent, it’s a good idea to have a crystal clear goal in mind, because it is one of the biggest contributing factors to your success.

How do you normally reach your goals? There are two options: one is to push continuously, and the other is to coast.

Your recruiting agency has the talent and expertise to find you a job, but it’s still crucial for you to have a main goal. Just as crucial is developing the habit of remaining committed so that you can operate from a place of strength no matter where you may find yourself in the journey to your goal. Below are some methods you can use to help you stay focused on the big picture.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Of course, it’s important to successfully reach for every goal. But without desire, it’ll be hard to stretch toward it, no matter how tempting the end result may be. One way to ensure the goal always remains a rewarding prospect is to ensure it’s at the forefront of your mind. Make a habit of thinking about how good you will feel once you’ve achieved your goal. You can also think about what it is about your goal that makes it important to you. Whatever the answers to these questions, they can be terrific motivators to keep you reaching for the stars.

Your Main Goal as a Brick Wall

Your goal could well be thought of as a finished wall, and your smaller daily goals as the bricks in it. Any goal requires smaller daily successes in order to be reached. This ‘brick-by-brick’ approach to thinking allows you to turn small actions into the large results you want. The key to this strategy is to make incremental daily goals that you can achieve by the end of each day.

Support Your Wall with a Secondary Structure

As you build your wall, you will want to ensure that there is something there to keep your work in progress in place. Think of it as a scaffold for your goal. This structure can be comprised of regular daily routines that have all been geared to keep you moving toward your goal. For example, you may enjoy learning new things. You can satisfy this desire to learn as well as continue to work toward your goal by choosing to learn a new fact about something related to that goal every day until your goal is reached.

Get the Encouragement You Need

Those who know and love you can also be a terrific source of support. This network can provide you with help and encouragement, and they can also let you know when you’re not doing as much as you could be to reach your goals. They can remind you of why you chose your goal in the first place, and help keep you going if things should get tough.

Diligence Wins the Day

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. The same is true of goals. If you think you can reach them, you will. Will planting the seeds of your goal without watering, fertilising or cultivating them benefit you? Probably not. But when you remember what kind of crop you will harvest after having taken all of the steps to get there, the bigger picture becomes clear.

With a clear goal and the steps to get there in mind before you meet with your recruiting agency, there is nothing to stop you from having the career you’ve always wanted.

Tricia Hay

Tricia Hay is Owner, Director of First Base Employment Limited