My 5-Step Guide to Goal Setting

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One thing I enjoy about new seasons are new opportunities (goals).

I have made goals that were never presented in prayer and have absolutely nothing to do with my faith. When I worked towards those goals, I did it out of my own strength. When I talked about those goals, it was for the approval of others or for self-seeking reasons. When I met those goals, I never felt full. Those goals showed me everything. For me, the one thing, the only thing worth working towards is God.

Because of this, I personally pray over every goal I set for myself. I pray for discernment if that specific goal will bring glory to Christ, will be me and those are me joy, and if it is something I should actively work towards. With the goals I do move forward with, this is my personal process of goal setting...

STEP ONE: Write it all down

Basically, this is a huge brain dump. Anything and everything that comes to mind, write it down. Whether it have to do with relationships, health, work, faith, hobbies, education, or fitness - write it down. Anything you want to do, see, or learn is fair game.

STEP TWO: Prioritize

Think of this as a process of elimination. Personally, I like to highlight or circle the top things I have written down (from Step 1) in each category. Then, I take those selected items, write them down on a separate sheet of paper, and prioritize (rank) them using a traditional number system. 

STEP THREE: STATE THE GOAL

Once you've prioritized the areas you want to focus on, you can then state your goal. For example, if you want to use your hours outside of work for effectively, your goal could be something along the lines of "Be purposeful with my personal time"

STEP FOUR: GOAL Create action items

For each goal you have (i.e. land the promotion, learn a new skill) list a minimum of two action items which are related to your goal (i.e. improve current skills through _____; take on additional responsibilities). These action items are what you do on a regular basis to work towards achieving your goal.

STEP FIVE: Reevaluate

Every month or quarter, set aside the time to track your progress. An good way to accomplish this is by referencing your Goals List, along with your related Action Items, and evaluate your current status with your goals. If you haven't reached them quite yet, don't panic. Adjust your action items or the goal itself and proceed. If you've reached your goal, congratulations!  

If you have a process that's worked well for you, please share in the comments below! 

Gift Guide: Hostess Edition

Shopping, wrapping, giving, cooking, and gatherings? Oh my! With all you have on your schedule, there is no need to add anymore stress what you go to a holiday party. Instead, here are a list of hostess gift ideas AND they're all under $25.

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Gift Guide: Work Edition

Gifts for your co-workers, even your boss, can become more stressful than it needs to be. My advice, is to think of a few items that you yourself like to use at work (i.e. chargers and planners) then just go from there! Below are a list of gift ideas for anyone at work AND they're all under $20.

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Job Seeker Glossary

The search for a job can be overwhelming, especially when you're reading job postings for hours on end. That's why I put together this glossary of job, employment, and career terms; to help make your job-search and application process a little easier.

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) — Used by major employers to collect, store job candidate data and screen resumes from potential job candidates. 

Background Check — Used by employers to verify the accuracy of the information you provide on your resume or job application. Information checked include: employment verification, educational background, references, credit history, medical records, driving record, court records, criminal records, and more.

Cover Letter — Should always accompany your resume when you contact a potential employer. A good cover letter opens a window to your personality (and describes specific strengths and skills you offer the employer). Cover Letters formats include: invited, uninvited, and referral.

Curriculum Vitae (CV) — See Resume

Electronic Resume (or E-Resume) — A resume (see resume) that is sent to the employer electronically, either via email, by submitting to Internet job boards, or on their on website. 

Elevator Pitch — A 15 to 30-second pitch that job-seekers use in a variety of situations (career fairs, networking events, job interviews]) that shares who you are, what makes you different, and the benefits you can provide. 

Email Cover Letter — A cover letter (see Cover Letter) that is sent to the employer electronically via email. 

Follow-Up — Contacting the employers AFTER you've submitted your resume or had an interview. In the early phases of searching for a job, Follow-up is also important after the job interview, first with a thank-you letter, but then also with contact expressing your interest and fit for the position. 

Internships —  Internships involve working in your expected career field, either during a semester or over the summer. Besides gaining valuable experience, you get exposed to the business environment and gain valuable references and network contacts. 

Interview — See Job Interviewing

Job Application — Also known as an Application for Employment. Many organizations require you to complete an application (either to get an interview or prior to an interview).

Job Interviewing — Both the employer and the job-seeker want to determine if the fit is right between them. The job interview is an opportunity for the employer to interview the job-seeker for the position they are hiring. Interview formats include: phone, stress, situational, group, traditional, and screening.

Letter of Interest — See Cover Letter

Letter of Recommendation — A letter of support for your skills, ability, and work ethic, usually written by a former boss or co-worker, but could also be from a teacher or personal reference. 

References — A group of people who will say good things about you and who know specifics strengths that you offer. References may include professional references (current and past supervisors), educational references (former teachers or school administrators), and personal references (who can speak of your character). Prior to including someone as a reference, ask the person for permission.  

Resume — A key job-hunting tool used to apply for jobs and get an interview, It summarizes your accomplishments, education, work experience, and should reflect your skills, personality, and strengths. Resumes come in various formats: chronological, electronic, functional, keyword, text, video, Curriculum Vitae, and web-based.

Don't see a certain job-hunting or employment-related term listed? Comment below. 


 

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My 2nd Birthday & Giveaways

Raise a glass, it's my business birthday week!

Two years ago, I made Ashlee Chu Marketing (ACM) official. I started out with the intent to market the worth of others. That goal has not and will not change. Within the last year, I have gained humility and perspective in terms of how to better serve my clients and how I encourage anyone who comes across  ACM. 

Quick One-Liner-Lessons on Year Two: 

It's OK to say no. 

Listen. Pray. Serve. Deliver.

Know your limits. 

Stream(line) work helps the dream work. 


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