The US Labor of Statistics recently issued a statistic that predicts every American worker will change “careers” – not jobs but careers, at least three times throughout the course of his or her professional life. This statistic proves there is a new career landscape out there and we need to learn how to navigate through it. These 5 tips will help you do just that!
1. DO be flexible & adaptable / Don’t hold on to the “dream” job syndrome
Many companies are thinking outside the box on how to hire and maintain the right employee so it’s behooves the professional to be open to new opportunities, challenges and changes in the workforce landscape. For example, if you are offered a part-time job in the field and company you want to stay in, take it. While it might not be the ideal situation, you are one step closer to demonstrating your talent to decision makers and it’s a matter of time before you are recognized for your flexibility and willingness to adapt.
2. DO dress the part at all times / DON’T get comfortable
Remember the old saying, “Dress for the job you want?” Well that still holds true today and is relevant Monday – Friday! Now more than ever, companies want to project a professional and established image at all times so it’s essential for the employee to continue wearing appropriate attire beyond the initial interview.
3. DO elevate the conversation / DON’T ramble
Whether you are interviewing or have been hired, always try to elevate the discussion so that key stakeholders know you are interested in what is going on within the company. If you bump into your CEO and he/she asks how things are going, she doesn’t necessarily want to hear about about your evening plans, she wants the 3 minute elevator pitch on how you think the business is going. This holds true for the interviewer as well. Be sure to prepare your elevator pitch so when asked “why should we hire you?” you have a powerful response.
4. DO network; in and out of the office / DON’T get personal
Build relationships with people outside of your current business unit and begin to learn all areas of the business (sales, marketing, finance). This will help round out your knowledge of the company and provide insight into other potential career opportunities. Keep conversations on a professional level versus divulging too much private or personal information too soon.
5. DO be self-aware / DON’T ignore reactions
Self-aware is defined as “aware of oneself, including one’s traits, feelings, and behaviors.” Having the ability to understand how your overall image and behavior is perceived provides an opportunity to change the dynamic and outcome of a meeting or situation. It’s important to be able to read your “audience” and know whether or not you need to shift the direction.