New Year! New Career! What??
I know, I know, we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet and here I am nagging you about the New Year! Well sorry, but I need to make sure you are thinking about your career. Here is a question……
Have you ever wondered how some people seem to be on the fast track to promotion and it appears that they are effortlessly climbing the corporate ladder while you slog away, day after day, and no one notices you? Here are my thoughts:
- Some people focus on their career progression and effectively network in their organization so that they are visible to leaders who make promotion decisions.
- Some people understand internal politics and know who to network with in their companies so that they get noticed.
- Some people have a solid road map and plan to make sure their career path keeps them upwardly mobile.
- Some people evaluate their skill set and make sure they are one step ahead in terms of education and training so that they are pre-qualified for promotion.
- Some people change jobs so that they can get a promotion to the next level if they find that they will not be able to be promoted in their current company.
I could go on and on about some people, but by now I hope you get my drift. Just in case, here is what I recommend YOU think about:
1. Do I have a 5 year plan for my career.? This means do I know my next move and have I created a roadmap to get there.
2. What skills do I need to have to move up and do I have a plan in place to make sure my credentials are up to speed.
3. Am I making myself visible (in a productive way) to senior leaders in my organization. (Kissing rear ends does not count, in fact it will hurt you!)
4. Am I keeping abreast of how other companies are looking at my profession.
5. Do I know what companies would be hiring people with my credentials.
6. Is my resume up to date and a good ambassador for me?
7. Is my profession relevant. If not, what can I do to get myself retrained?
8. Am I networking with other people in companies that use people with my background and experience?
So, now that you see this laundry list, perhaps it is not too early to get started after all!