” Career Success “
A Management Guru says, “Your career success depends mostly on communication and the technical expertise you have. Nations are isolated due to lack of expert communication skills. Students are in a mess because they don’t listen to teachers. Politicians don’t listen to voters except at the time of elections. Suppliers don’t listen to customers with the result that there is tremendous miscommunication between groups. Therefore, writing, reading and speaking are essential in any interaction or exchange between parties.
Many people fail to perform and deliver because they stand in their own way of progress. When we are dissatisfied and depressed, we are disconnected, because the circumstances are not what we want, Gandhiji said that if someone slaps on one cheek, show the other cheek, which does not mean cowardice but a positive mental attitude to confuse the assailant does not know how to proceed further.
There are few decisions in life that have a bigger impact on your future potential than selecting a new job. Sure, there are matters of the heart: marriage, children, etc. But when making a career move, you need to use your head and do your research. The time to start deciding is before you start looking. While we are conditioned to evaluate opportunities based on compensation, there are a wide range of other factors that need to be weighed. So creating a framework for evaluating opportunities before you start looking will help you say yes to the right opportunity and walk away from everything else.
What do I want to be when I grow up?
It’s hard to think about your career end game. There’s a position out there for you where your dream job meets your talents. So many of us think about our next role, but not beyond that. We want it all and we want it now. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. To a company, you are a collection of skills; sure there’s a person attached. But the business transaction is money paid for work done. So when they hire you, it’s for what they know you can do and that is generally based on proof of what you have already done.
So what does this mean for you? You need to identify that next big career milestone, assess the skill gaps between where you are now and where you want to be down the road, identify a subset of those skills that you want to gain in your next position and then find companies and industries that both value your current skills and will help you develop the new ones. Where can you find this kind of information?
- in company job descriptions, corporate career sites
- by networking with people in different industries and companies
- engaging with bloggers at companies that have knowledge of the work you want to do
- web searches
- conference presentations, user group meetings, MBA Alumni socials, etc.
- talking to recruiters