7 Questions to Help You Set Your Career Goals in 2018


If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to land your dream job, then you’re not alone. As mentioned in our previous blog article, the months following the New Year are the most prevalent for landing a new job. This attributes to many factors, but likely most prominent is the promise of a new year and the burst of motivation and inspiration that comes with it. Defining your career goals can be challenging, but it is essential in helping you land your dream job in 2018.

The reality is though, new year’s resolutions are tough, as it is found that upwards of 80% of resolutions fail within the first two weeks. Landing a new job can be especially challenging considering the process can often time be long and drawn out, with high rejection rates. Another challenge is what if you’re not even sure what your dream job is or looks like? To begin the process of switching to a career you are truly passionate about, you need to do some soul-searching.

Answer these 10 questions honestly and review your answers to help you revalidate your career goals, and to help propel you into the career of your dreams. Whether you are 15 years into your career, or a newly graduated college student, self-evaluating your goals and career ambitions is always relevant. And there are some questions to ask ahead of time to ensure you’re setting the right goals; ones that are achievable too.

7 Questions to ask yourself in 2018

  • What do you wish you would have done last year that you didn’t? How can you incorporate that into your new goals for the New Year?
  • What are your top three priorities in the New Year and how will you measure progress toward achieving them?
  • What are your biggest overall career goals and what steps can you take toward achieving them in 2018?
  • What other professional development goals should you be setting? How do you plan to achieve them?
  • What are your biggest strengths? What are some ways you can put them to better use in 2018?
  • What are your biggest weaknesses? How can you overcome them in the New Year?
  • What is the number one most important thing you’d like to accomplish in 2018?

Once these questions are answered, you can effectively start setting career goals that align with your ambitions in 2018. Goal setting is challenging, but providing the right framework to be able to set the right goals is how you can create goals that are achievable, measurable, and substantial enough to help you make the leap to a career you love.

As a leading provider of staffing in Chicago, we have the knowledge and experience – not to mention the expansive candidate network – to help you find and hire the people you need. To learn more about the benefits of working with a staffing agency, like Esquire, feel free to check out this blog post, and be sure to view our latest openings.

5 Tricks For Keeping Millennials At Your Company

Sick of young Millennial talent infiltrating your company? Drinking your coffee? Sitting at your lunch table? Well, I hate to be the barrier of bad news, but this is the new reality of our workforce. According to PEW Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015), and in the year 2015, they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce. Millennials are becoming the majority in the workforce, and now more than ever, it is essential to maintain these individuals to your company.

As recruiters, we focus on hiring the best and brightest talent by asking them the tough questions and testing their knowledge of the industry. But this is all for nothing if once we hire this talent, we cannot keep these individuals at our company.


Here are our five tips to ensure you’re maintaining Millennials at your company:



  1. Provide the right training: As Millennials are transitioning into the workforce post grad; it is essential that these individuals are trained with the right knowledge and time. It is important not to just assume that these people are equipped with the right tools to operate your software, your best practices and your policies at your specific company.
  2. Take the time to cultivate their career: You did the first step by convincing these Millennials that your company offered the greatest opportunity for them, but now that you have them, it is essential to continuously show them that this is the best opportunity for the long term. The best way to do this is to show them different options that they can take their career at your company and reiterate the possibilities to advance.
  3. Challenge them!: When Millennials envision their career they divert from the thought of a monotonous desk job, they want to be given challenges and they want to prove themselves. They are eager individuals, so do not be afraid to give them a challenge and allow them to work through obstacles on their own. They will feel empowered once they complete the task, and you will be impressed by their tenacity.
  4. Say “please” and “thank you”: It’s always the smallest gestures that go along with people, and this is true for Millennials. Like any other generation, they want to be appreciated and valued in their positions. Saying thank you and recognizing their hard work will empower these individuals to continue to work hard and give them to confidence to continue to prove themselves.
  5. Be unconventional: This could mean ditching the typical 9-5 job or allowing employees to work from home once a week. Whatever it is, trying to ensure that the employees are getting a cool perk by working for your company. This will go along with your company as a whole, and ensure that Millennials will maintain at your company for years to come.