Develop Clear Goals for Your Life After Re-Entry

No One wants to hire someone who is uncertain what he or she wants to do. Individuals with goals approach their work with purpose, determination, and enthusiasm. Make sure you have clear goals that direct your job search as well as everything you do in life.

What, for example, do you want to do with your life? What is your purpose in getting up each day and going to work? Without goals, you may wander aimlessly in life.

A good starting point for developing goals is to examine our chapter on goal-setting in The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide, as well as reading our I Want to Do Something Else, But I am Not Sure What It Is and Brian Tracy's Goals!

If you are a spiritual person, you may want to focus on your purpose in life by reading these books by religious leaders: Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Life; Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now; and Dr. Robert Schuller, Don't Throw Away Tomorrow.

SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds, The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications). Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.