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How to Set Realistic, Achievable Career Goals

Setting goals is key to advancing your career and feeling fulfilled by your job. Whether your employer requires you to set goals as part of your performance-review process or you take the initiative on your own, it can help you to plan out your professional future.

Below we show you how to use a SMART goal framework to set realistic, achievable career goals.

As you walk through these steps, answer the questions on paper with a reliable pen. The STEEL F-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen features a weighted stainless-steel barrel for a premium writing experience. If you prefer gel, reach for the G-350 Gel Retractable Pen. It has rapid dry gel ink technology that dries in less than a second, and comes in three fashionable barrel colors.


1. Specific

Be as clear and specific as possible with the goal you want to achieve. The more specific your goal is, the more you’ll understand the steps necessary to achieve it.

Below are 4 questions to ask yourself when defining the specific details of your goal:

  • What is my objective?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • Who is involved or responsible?
  • What steps will I take to achieve this goal?

2. Measurable

The next step is to identify how you will assess the progress of your goal to ensure it is measurable. Quantifying your goal makes it that much easier to track progress.

A measurable goal should address questions such as:

  • How much or how many?
  • How will I know when the goal is accomplished?

3. Achievable


Although your goal can be ambitious, it still needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. Make sure your goal is not dependent on factors outside of your control.

An achievable goal should pass these questions:

  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints?
  • Are there factors outside my control that would impact the success of this goal?


4. Relevant


Next, double-check that the career goal is related to your mission, values, and bigger long-term goals. If a goal doesn’t contribute toward your broader objectives, it might be best to reevaluate.

Below are questions to ask yourself to make sure your goal is relevant:

  • Is this goal important to me?
  • Is this goal aligned with my values?
  • Will achieving this goal help me in my longer-term goals?

5. Time-bound

SMART goals don’t stretch into infinity–they have a deadline. Instead of leaving your goal open-ended, create a timeline, and set important milestones along the way.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my goal timeframe?
  • What smaller milestones will help me stay on track?
  • What can I do immediately to jumpstart this goal?

It is never too late to start setting goals and look at where you can make changes in your professional future. Use the SMART goal framework to help you move forward in your career. For more professional tips, check out How to Make More Productive To-Do Lists.

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5 Tips to Write More Professionally

Being able to write in a professional manner is an important part of any career or job. Clearly communicating your thoughts, opinions, and even concerns to your co-workers or boss can help you be successful on your own but also have success within your team.

Professional writing is a skill that may even help you advance your career. Need help making your writing more professional? Here are some of our best tips.

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7 Best Zebra Pens for the Office

No matter the workplace or your job role, pens are an essential tool that’s crucial for getting tasks done—but they don’t have to be ordinary or boring. The right tool can help you achieve your goals and even act as a professional accessory to your everyday style. Regardless of your profession, personal style, or preferences Zebra Pen has a pen that is perfect, just for you.

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5 Steps to Managing Your Time More Effectively

Do you ever feel like 24 hours is no where near enough time to complete all the things you have on your plate? You aren’t the only one. It seems like everyone feels that way at some point—which is why managing your time can be a huge relief and help give you back some much-needed hours to your day. Here are five simple steps that can you help you start planning and executing your days more efficiently.

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6 Ways to De-stress After Work

It’s natural for work to leave you a little stressed at times. But if you’re leaving your day job and still feeling overwhelmed once you get home, you might want to consider stepping back and prioritizing a little R&R. There are tons of activities that have been proven to reduce stress and help relax your mind. Here is a list of our favorite ways to de-stress after a long day at work.

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5 Simple Strategies for Taking Better Notes at Work

Effective notetaking is often the unsung hero of the workplace. It can help you capture ideas, learn new concepts, organize your thoughts, share information, and much more—but in order for your notes to be effective, you first have to learn the right notetaking strategies. We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re in a one-on-one with your boss or in a large company meeting, these simple strategies will help you take better notes at work—and get more out of them.

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Use These Tips to Nail Your Next Big Job Interview

When applying for a new role, the interview process is the most pivotal component. It also gives you a chance to bring your qualifications and skills to life and allows the company to get to know you on a deeper level. While the job hunting process can be exciting, nerves are common and normal. Use these tips to manage your nerves and nail your next big interview.

Do Your Research Before the Interview 

During the interview, you will be asked about what drew you to that specific company or organization. Research the company’s history, capabilities, or even press so you are prepared to answer questions. According to Glassdoor, candidates should take time to research key players, company values, culture, services and more to be truly prepared.  This shows your potential employer that you are interested, and truly care about having the opportunity to succeed.

Prepare Responses

You can’t prepare for every question, but you can at least prepare for the predictable ones. Chances are, you will be asked to tell the interviewer a little bit about yourself. According to Forbes, it’s best to have prepared answers about your strengths and weaknesses. You should also speak about your ability to handle conflict and your biggest career achievements. Think about how you would handle a difficult situation in the workplace, or your ability to work under pressure. Consider how you may answer these before the interview, so you can remain calm, cool and collected.

Practice Mindfulness

Meeting a potential employer face to face can be a very nerve-wracking experience. Before leaving for an interview, practice mindful breathing or meditation to find a sense of calm. Listen to relaxing music or a podcast before an interview to prevent nerves from taking over and controlling the conversation. Remaining relaxed will allow you to deliver your responses in a clear, concise manner.

Arrive Early

Nothing derails a meeting more than being late. Avoid obstacles like car troubles, public transportation delays or traffic by leaving for your interview even earlier than necessary. Being on time shows you are committed to the success of the interview, and also shows the company that you value being prompt as an employee.

Bring a Reliable Pen

First impressions are important, so it’s crucial to dress the part and look your best when heading into an interview. That includes bringing a professional, high quality writing instrument. For an elegant, gel writing experience, turn to the sleek and stylish Sarasa Grand. For durable pens that both impress and perform, use a STEEL G-402 gel pen or a STEEL F-701. Taking notes during an interview shows you are a good listener and using a sophisticated pen while doing it shows you mean business.

 

 

Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Professionals

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many, it can be a stressful time of year. While scrambling to attend every holiday get together, cooking and baking, and buying perfect gifts for your loved ones, buying stocking stuffers may feel like a last-minute purchase. However, sometimes the smallest gifts are the most meaningful. When it comes to buying gifts for working professionals, practical and stylish options are foolproof. Use this guide to buy the professional, coworker, or colleague in your life a gift they won’t soon forget.

Yearly Planner

A new year calls for new resolutions—and new planners. Help your coworkers, friends or spouse be more organized with a new planner. Planners are perfect for keeping track of important meetings and deadlines, appointments, vacation days, and more. Using a planner also helps increase productivity, manage stress, and practice time management. With so many brands and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find one that fits the style and needs of any professional.

M/F–701 Gift Set

The perfect pen can make a great first impression at a new job or with a new boss or client. Zebra’s STEEL M/F-701 Gift Set includes the all-metal STEEL F-701 Ballpoint Pen and the STEEL M-701 Mechanical Pencil. Both are made with stainless steel and feature a knurled grip for a unique writing experience. Sleek, sophisticated and durable, this gift set was created for the working professional. Learn more about how you can Choose Different with Zebra’s line of everyday premium pens.

Business Card Holder

In any industry, networking is crucial. It’s important to always be prepared with business cards when travelling, attending conferences, or meeting new people. Give the gift of style and confidence with a business card holder. This will make carrying cards even easier and will prevent the cards from tearing or bending in a bag, purse or pocket.

Ear Buds

Between a morning and evening commute, lunch breaks, and long days, ear buds or headphones make the perfect gift for the professional in your life. Surprise a colleague, boss or mentor with a pair of sleek headphones for listening to music, business podcasts, and more. Listening to music during the day can relieve stress and feelings of anxiousness during busy days at work. Some studies show that music can help make repetitive tasks more enjoyable and can also help boost productivity and creativity.

Sarasa Grand

The right accessory can help you stand out from the crowd and boost your confidence at work. Surprise your friends or coworkers with Zebra’s Sarasa Grand Retractable Pen this holiday. Available in rose gold, gold, and navy, the Sarasa Grand is perfect for professionals who value self-expression and a smooth, premium writing experience.

Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. Keep gifts practical and professional this holiday season and get your coworkers gifts they are sure to use every day.