Opportunities for career success and advancement have expanded and companies are implementing programs to nurture and empower those with high potential to fill the top positions. But it’s the individual that make professional and leadership development their personal responsibility that has the edge. They develop a plan knowing that career paths to those executive positions are flexible and that timing, opportunity, knowledge and supportive relationships matter and extensive experiences are essential.
Before beginning the teleseminar series Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Get Ahead – Learn the Unspoken Rules and Transferable Skills to Remain a Sought After Candidate in Any Job Market,
Executives are more drawn to those who have shown they can add value.
• Get in the habit of taking on projects and challenging assignments and do them well. Choose those which complement your passion making it more likely that you will do an outstanding job and stand out.
• Take on additional responsibilities to demonstrate your skills and that you are capable before there is a vacant position at the next level.
• Identify a problem or challenge then demonstrate initiative by implementing or presenting a solution.
• Take advantage of corporate initiatives which you can participate in including mentor, affinity and leadership programs. Make time to participate and develop relationships.
• Get uncomfortable. Taking on a challenge which is outside of your comfort zone will cause you to increase your skill and knowledge. Take the lead for an assignment or new corporate initiative which you are confident you can successfully execute with the help of supportive relationships and skill development.
• Ask for assignments that will expand your skills. Corporations tend to give assignments based on the skills you have demonstrated, but your climb to the executive office requires continuous development of skills. Ask for and take on an assignment that will require you to develop your skills and work outside of your job function you gain experience.
• Present a comprehensive implementation plan of a new procedure to become more efficient, save time, save money or improve productivity. Show that not only do you handle your assigned responsibilities well, but you also add value with ideas for improvement.
• Be everywhere and be prepared to connect and network. Cafeterias, parties and awards dinners present opportunities for you to meet colleagues from other levels and business units in the corporation. Find out about their challenges, their personal and team goals and what you may have in common. If you can support them to reach their goal or with a challenge, ask to continue the conversation over coffee.