10 CAREER MANAGEMENT/CAREER TRANSITION TIPS WHILE STILL WORKING 1) Me, Inc. Your responsibility to actively manage your career Look for opportunities to learn/grow both internally/externally What are your goals the next 1-3-5 years? What do I need to know to get to that point? Consider lateral moves to broaden your skills Try to find a mentor 2) Accomplishment File Set up manila file to keep track of ongoing successes/positive results/performance reviews. Try to include specific outcomes/benefits/results/metrics of your efforts. Makes preparing/updating a resume much easier 3) Networking Stay connected externally while working Set goal – join one/two organizations and try to attend at least one meeting per month. Connect with 1-2 people outside your company each week – a brief email message is sufficient. Always respond to recruiter’s phone calls – even if you’re not interested in making a move it’s polite and professional to do so and will enable you to build relationships with these key resources. Offer to help them with their searches – you might know some candidates that would be interested. Stay connected to your school alumni organization – contacts with fellow alums can be very helpful. IN TRANSITION 4) Expectations about the Career Transition Process It can be a roller coaster emotionally – lots of ups and downs Important to take care of yourself – exercise, eat well, sleep, connect with positive supportive people. Treat as a project – set up schedule – 25 to 30 hours per week is fine. Keep track of metrics/how you’re spending your time. Don’t overly focus on using the web. It’s non-linear so focus on the things you can control – number of phone call, emails, meetings, etc. 5) Clarity of Objective Lack of clarity = Longer search. Be able to clearly articulate what your goal is and why you are qualified. Build a template of what’s most important to you in your next job and weight the individual aspects. Could include many factors – money, benefits, challenge, commute, opportunity for growth, etc. Knowing what’s important to you will help you make a better decision If unsure what employers are looking for in positions that are of interest to you go to the web and look up job descriptions – it will list skills, etc. employers want. Can find these on any job database – Monster, etc. 6) Materials Before launching search suggest you have the following materials prepared: Exit Statement – why left company Objective/Positioning/Elevator Pitch – describe who you are and the value you bring succinctly and clearly Resume/CV Marketing Plan – one page – top half contains the most important elements of your resume – bottom half your search target – geography, industries, size of companies, sample companies. This is a great conversation starter and helps your network help you Business cards Cover letters 7) Develop a Marketing Plan Focus on activities in four channels Web Recruiters Target Companies Networking Devote at least half your time to networking since 65% to 75% of jobs are found that way. Try to make search as proactive as possible – focus on where you want to work and use your network to gather information and help you with internal contacts at companies of interest Take a very broad view to who’s in your network- lots of different networks – work, neighbors, friends, family, church, PTA, health club, etc. You never know who knows who and who can be helpful When networking focus on building rapport and credibility and look for AIR Advice Information Referrals Ask for referrals last – other people they might suggest you talk to to help you build a broader network and create more awareness so you will hear about more opportunities Overall goal – gather information and identify hiring managers at target companies Always offer to be a resource for your network 8) Interviewing Research the company – companies have a strong expectation that you will know about them and be able to articulate why you are interested in them. Use web, friends, other contacts to gather information Try to focus on the specific needs/pain of the organization – what skills, knowledge is critical to success in this position? Goal is to connect the dots between the company’s needs and your background. How can you help the company/what is the value you bring? 9) Negotiation It’s OK to negotiate! Key is to do so in a polite and professional manner Focus on the value you bring and objective market based data on compensation for your type position Generally, almost all elements of compensation are open for discussion Whether you negotiate or not sets the tone of your relationship with the company In most cases if you don’t ask you won’t get 10) Getting off to a Good Start in a New Role Foster open communication with your supervisor to ensure you are on the same page regarding goals and priorities Understand the culture and who the influencers are in an organization Keep networking!!!!
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