Making your next career move
Have you ever looked at a leader or mentor and wondered how they built their career? Or reached a career stalemate and wondered ‘where to next’?
I look for who I’m going to work for
One of the things I learnt many years ago was that the actual work I do isn’t as important as who I work for.
I use my current situation to learn for my next position
I was once in a situation where I thought I was going to be up for a promotion, but the company I was working for ended up bringing in someone else over the top of me. To a third party, it probably made sense, but when it’s happening to you it doesn’t feel that great.
I spoke to a trusted peer and he gave me some fantastic advice. He had been through a similar circumstance and it had been put to him that this could actually be a great opportunity; that the person he was working for probably wouldn’t stay in the role for very long and that they could train him up so he would be ready to take on the role when they moved on.
I get professional advice from a recruiter
I try to be quite strategic about my next moves, by assessing what’s missing from my CV and where I need experience.
I had a tip from a senior leader to take my CV to a recruiter. It was an interesting experience because they shared some hard truths and gave a different perspective on what will add value to my career in today’s economy.