How to Have a Candid Conversation With Your Boss Regarding Your 2020 Career Goals

Spectrum Staffing is one of the most experienced job agencies in New Jersey, and has worked with job seekers for more than 25 years to help them land new jobs to achieve their career goals. The key to making progress in your career is to take strategic action, whether getting a promotion in your current job or moving up at another company. If you want to grow in your current role, your best asset is your boss since they can provide valuable insight into what’s possible and how they can help – learn more about how to have a candid conversation with your boss regarding your 2020 career goals.

Know Exactly What You Want

To make the most out of a conversation with your boss regarding your career goals, you have to know exactly what you want. Clarify your goals in terms of your own vision for yourself (i.e., a specific role or where you see yourself in five or 10 years)  and what input you would like from your boss (i.e., advice or opportunities to gain certain skills). 

Compile Your Accomplishments

Be prepared beforehand to show your boss that you’re truly ready for the next step in your career. Compile your accomplishments, such as results you produced, specific successful projects, or customer/client feedback, that you can refer to during the conversation.

Get on the Calendar

For an effective candid conversation with your boss regarding your career goals, it can’t be a casual, off-handed chat. Get on your boss’s calendar by requesting a meeting. Let them know that you want to discuss your career goals, so they can give it some thought and be prepared to give the topic thoughtful consideration.

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Discuss Your Long-Term Vision

Start the conversation with your boss by discussing your long-term vision for your career as specifically as possible. This could be a specific job title or types of duties you’d like to be handling eventually. The more clearly you can articulate your long-term vision, the better your boss will be able to offer input. 

Ask for Recommended Next Steps

Once you’ve outlined what your goals are, it’s time to get your boss’s insight. Be proactive and ask for their ideas for actionable next steps you could take or if they have ideas for ways to make progress toward your goals. Be open to feedback, especially if it’s constructive criticism regarding areas you’ll need to strengthen in order to get to the next level.

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