Planning a career move
Ever heard the term “have a plan B?” I’m sure you have. Unfortunately, there are two areas of life where having a plan B is considered being negative – in relationships and on the job front. I beg to differ on this and you will learn why in a minute. I am not a relationship expert and will not be discussing relationships on this platform, but I will provide you with some career advancement hacks that have helped me stay prepared at all times.
Over the 9 years of my career, I’ve worked closely with quite a few people who get so super comfortable in their roles that they have no slightest inkling of their next move. Then all of a sudden something happens that forces them to begin to job haunt; a change in management, an acquisition or etc. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to walk around with an aura of pessimism and negativity but you need to have a plan “B”, even “C” and “D” if possible.
How to stay prepared
- Be paranoid: This is my first recommendation even if you work in your father’s organization. Remember no condition is permanent and be prepared for the worst. A company that is doing well today may get bought over tomorrow. Being paranoid can be a major force required to drive the planning of your career move other than a desire to expand your knowledge.
- Read industry trends: According to reports, an average person has 5 social media accounts and spends 1 hour 40 minutes browsing through these profiles per day. Why not spend this time to add value to your life by reading industry trends to broaden your knowledge. This helps you keep sight of things like job prospect and opportunities within the industry. Linkedin and Twitter are very good ways to leverage industry trends. Follow the brands you love and get to read updates about them.
- Job search: Job search even when you are not looking to move. My spouse once said I’m obsessed with “indeed” and yes I am. Leverage job postings to research job responsibilities, titles, salary and even certifications and skills expected of your role. This helps you to update your skills and certifications if necessary before you are ready for an actual move. You can also use this to gauge if you are being compensated fairly for your skills and competencies.
- Update your resume regularly: Get in the habit of updating your resume whenever you work on a new project or use a new application at work. If you are familiar with a yearly performance review you know you have to take notes of your achievements all through the year and not wait until the end of the year. The same goes for your resume. Don’t wait until you are ready to start looking to do a big update. Truth be told, you will not remember.
- Stay positive: Despite being paranoid, exude positivity. Even when you have your plan “B” worked out, stay positive and keep giving your best. It is always good to leave a good impression.
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