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Planning for 2020 – What are your Career Goals?

Welcome to 2020 – this will be the best year ever!  If you are like me, this the time to reflect on yourself – I like to think about my career, family and life in general.  It’s a great time to review things and make goals to improve yourself and life in general.

A Career Goal is a statement of your profession that you intend to pursue through your career.  A career goal may outline timelines, skills, education and experience.  With these things in mind, you can define your career goals and create an action plan.  I have found that reviewing your career goals quarterly or annually allows myself time to reflect upon these and make changes or modifications to my plans to keep me headed in the right direction.

Short term goals as well as long term goals are both part of the plan.  Short term goals can be achieved quickly; zero to five years.  Long term goals are longer, from five to fifteen years.

Here are some tips when creating and setting your goals:

  1. Be specific or measurable
  2. Be able to measure or quantify
  3. Be positive
  4. Write them down
  5. Review quarterly or annually
  6. Reward yourself as goals are achieved
  7. Think big – you will achieve more than you anticipate

Creating goals for yourself will motivate you to start and build the future you want.  It’s like having a to do list or agenda to keep you focused.

Here are few examples of goals that I have had or considered through the years:

  • Upgrading your resume
  • Starting a business
  • Volunteering or working as an intern to learn about a profession
  • Taking a computer course at at a local school like UBC, SFU, or BCIT
  • Creating or upgrading my LinkedIn profile
  • Applying for a new job or asking for a promotion
  • Joining a networking group like the Board of Trade or BNI
  • Landing that big account or client

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit down with yourself to reflect and create a few goals for 2020 and your career.



Good luck!


What is HR? What does HR mean?

The acronym HR has endless possibilities.  HR definitions can include Heart Rate, Human Respect, High Roller, House Rules and of course Human Resources.  For Recruiters, HR represents the Human Resources of an organization.

Human Resources

According to Wikipedia, the definition of Human Resources is:

the people who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector, or economy. “Human capital” is sometimes used synonymously with “human resources”, although human capital typically refers to a narrower effect (i.e., the knowledge the individuals embody and economic growth).

Likewise, other terms sometimes used include manpower, talent, labour, personnel, “associates” or simply people.

A human resource person or a human-resources department (HR department) of an organization performs human resource management which includes overseeing various aspects of employment, such as compliance with labour law and employment standards, administration of employee benefits, organizing of employees files with the required documents for future reference as well as , some aspects of recruitment.

HR Human Resources

The activities of the Human Resources team can be broken down into staffing, development, compensation, health and safety, and employee and labour relations.  Some examples of this are:

  • Determining the needs of staff and management
  • Recruiting and training the best employees for an organization
  • Hiring for permanent staff and management roles
  • Hiring temporary staff
  • Managing employee relations, unions and collective bargaining
  • Preparing and implementing HR policies
  • Maintaining employee records
  • Managing employee payroll, benefits and compensation
  • Managing HR policies to ensure that they align with regulations
  • Ensuring equal opportunities
  • Managing conflicts with discrimination and employee conflicts

Human Resources Staffing

As we approach the end of a decade, we also want to emphasize the need for HR at the leadership level in organizations. People are more than a paycheque, or a project that needs completing. An organization’s essence stems from their team, the culture they breed, and the difference they make in their respective communities.

We are so proud of the impact our Human Resources teams are making, both as internal support systems, and outsourced resources.

Human Resources is essential to maintaining company policies as well as promoting a positive work culture.  If you are looking for a career in HR or simply haven’t explored the services of your company’s Human Resources team, we hope this will provide better understanding of the services HR provides.

And feel free to contact us directly with any other Human Resources-related questions you may have.

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