As you are preparing your new year resolutions, think about your career and how you can get to that next step. Have you been enjoying your work? Is every day an adventure? Is every day a (good) challenge? Is there more for you at your company? Are you too entrenched in your position – like when people talk about you they say the “ABC Guy” so everyone knows you as your role?
It can be very hard to move on when you ARE your role. Any role I ever had the first thing I did was write an operations manual on how to do said job and as I wrote it, I improved on the role and added to it but not too much that it would become my next role but to have a training manual and a plan for the next person to take over so that I could move on the something bigger and different. When I worked in corporate America, I was always planning and thinking about my next move and it is much the same right now with my own business. I am always thinking about how to grow my business, how to share my business and how to move things forward. Do you do that with your career?
How do you get ready to move on to a new and better opportunity? How do you make your higher ups know you are ready for a new challenge and /or interesting in being promoted or rewarded? You cannot just tell them; you have to show them. Do you know how to show this?
One great way to show you are ready to move up and on in your current company is by working on your own career goals and focusing on things such as training to help you do this. I am offering some great career based training at Wagner College in the spring (see links below for the Project Management training program and test preparation for the PMP exam courses) but I am not the only "class" in town. There are lots of training and other skill based programming you can take to make yourself more marketable and more worthwhile to the company you currently work at or even to other companies, too.
If you are interested in figuring out how to move on, I am offering a seminar on How to Take Your Next Step that includes positioning, interviewing tips and more on how to get to manage your career. One thing I do for all of my clients, whether via the seminars or one on one through my website, is to map out a career plan with their input as my own particular brand of coaching based off of my experiences as a professional and a professor helping many people launch, create and redirect their careers.
What do you do when you are ready to move up and on? How do you prepare yourself? Do you know the tricks on how to prepare for your next step? Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen