One of the biggest concerns of people have today is job security. While it is the new normal that job security doesn’t exist, the good news is we can significantly improve our career security. Too many professionals let their career happen to them. They put their nose to the grindstone and assume their work will be noticed, appreciated and rewarded. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Unless you strategically and purposefully take action, your work is taken for granted, and when the powers that be decide they need to reduce costs, you are restructured out of a position.
It is extremely important to understand that the key to your next promotion or your next job opportunity is not the skill and experience you have (although this is important), nor who you know, but who knows you and what is their perception of your professional capabilities and subject matter expertise. Most people go through their career with only a very small handful of people that have an idea of their value and subject matter expertise. So how can you build and spread your reputation?
- Understand the purpose of your tasks and projects.
- Understand how your role impacts the success of the company and others in the company.
- Understand how other’s roles impact your success.
- Master your role.
- Track results of projects and tasks.
- Look what you can do outside and above your job description.
- Take on board or committee positions in professional associations.
- Network both inside and outside the company.
- Continuously improve skills, knowledge and certification.
- Succession Planning.
I will be writing on each of these over the next while and would love to have your feedback on your thoughts of how these and others impact your career management.
Blog by Greg Johnson | Above The Rim Executive Coaching