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How to Define Personal Employment Goals for Self Evaluation

Setting personal employment goals can help you focus on your current performance and analyze what direction you want to take your career. Whether your employer requires a self-evaluation or you are assessing your goals on your own, begin by thinking about your core employment values. Once you assess what you value most in a job, analyze how you can move from your current position into a scenario that is mentally, emotionally and financially rewarding.

Assess what qualities you value in a job. Before you define specific goals, assess what aspects of a job are most important to you. Examples may include helping others, utilizing your creativity, achieving recognizable success or managing other people.

Separate short-term and long-term employment goals. Define your long-term career goals and your short-term job plans separately. This will make it easier to evaluate what exact steps you need to take in order to meet your goals.

Determine your ideal job. Think about the qualities that your ideal position possesses. Consider your daily duties, opportunities for advancement, corporate culture and role in the company’s hierarchy.

Use your other goals as a basis for your target salary. Determine how much money you need to make in order to fulfill goals in other areas of your life. Write down this salary and evaluate any additional training or degrees you will need to attain it.

Describe your personal employment goals using specifics. This should be done in narrative form, talking about what your ideal day on the job might look like. This will make it easier to compare your goals to your current situation.

Evaluate how your current job situation compares to your ideal career scenario. Once you have determined how the two are different, think of the steps you will need to take to change your career course.


Anna Green has been published in the "Journal of Counselor Education and Supervision" and has been featured regularly in "Counseling News and Notes," Keys Weekly newspapers, "Travel Host Magazine" and "Travel South." After earning degrees in political science and English, she attended law school, then earned her master's of science in mental health counseling. She is the founder of a nonprofit mental health group and personal coaching service.