Drive Your Career Forward And Onto A Recruiter's Radar
Recruiters are constantly on the lookout for emerging talent to be nurtured and aligned with their organizational mission. But when you take control of your career and present yourself as a solution to their needs, you move into the driver’s seat. As the driver, you have a bigger say on your salary, benefits, professional direction, as well as your role and responsibilities within an organization.
Three ways to drive your career forward is by demonstrating your career growth, speaking up and asking for what you deserve and building a stellar reputation.
Demonstrate Career Growth
A recruiter’s proactive talent management strategy includes not only looking for high-potentials but also seeking out professionals who are crafting and implementing their own strategic career plan. While most supervisors have an employee’s best interests at heart, they don’t always succeed in designing an aggressive advancement plan to spur their professional growth.
It’s up to you to drive your career forward by participating in professional development programs, trainings, certifications or conferences. Work with your supervisor to get buy-in, mentoring and to craft and implement a plan for success. And in order to ensure your efforts get on a recruiter’s radar, document your achievements in your employee file, professional resume and social media profile.
Speak Up and Ask
Curtis L. Odom, ED.D., the author of Stuck in the Middle: A Generation X View of Talent Management, suggests that talent management should be about four things: “Know, Grow, Show and Flow.”
From a career driving perspective, Odem’s “grow” element is all about an employee’s demonstrable abilities to succeed at the next level. And this includes knowing when to ask for more. Although an organization can offer opportunities and support, it’s ultimately up to the individual to take control of their professional future. Odem calls this "owning your own 'succession plan'": by setting big goals and being willing to work for them. When the timing is right and you’ve proven yourself successful in taking on new initiatives, then speak up and ask for a raise, promotion, title change, added responsibilities or employees and projects to manage.
Build Your Reputation
When it comes to driving a car, style isn’t as important as substance. Flashy colors and sleek designs will only get you so far. The same goes for your career. It’s what’s under the hood that counts. To be specific, you can have a solid resume demonstrating clear growth and talent, but if you’re not the “go-to person” who others respect and enjoying working alongside then you’ve reached a roadblock. It’s not easy to admit your interpersonal skills may need a tune up, but doing so will help you advance quicker and avoid career derailment. Consider employing a 360 Assessment to get a clear picture of how you’re viewed from the bottom up and top down. For example:
- How is your emotional intelligence quota?
- Do others feel comfortable turning to you for guidance and leadership?
- Do you have a strong group of references that will advocate for you success?
Recruiter’s often weight personality, drive and a good organizational fit heavier than skill. Therefore, ensure your reputation is strong, your file is scrubbed clean and you are well on your way to cultivating positive reputation and driving your career forward.
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