Professional success requires dexterity, strength, performance and talent. in other words, talent. Recruiters are always on the lookout for new talent who is on the right track to be promoted and aligned with their organizational mission. From now on, this targeted talent jumps from a trailer – a job seeker – to a driver – who is proactively recruited. As a navigator, you now have an influence on salary, benefits and professional orientation as well as on the strategy of your role and responsibilities within an organization.
But long before you take the wheel, talented professionals have to judge how fast and far they are ready and able to drive.
Regardless of whether you compare yourself to a sports car or a station wagon, we all need a little career care from time to time. This not only illustrates our purpose and value, but also keeps us up to date where we want to go professionally. So stop occasionally and fill up the engine, kick the tires and rummage under the hood. This way you jump from the trunk to the driver’s seat while navigating the talent highway.
Fill up: If you were able to open your talent tank and look inside, what would you find? Are you constantly growing, learning and being challenged, or are you resting on your reserves? Too often we fade in our work, commit less and commit more. Proactive talent management includes not only organizations that engage in dialogue with potential customers, but also talented specialists who create and implement their own strategic career plan so that they are noticed and hired.
Curtis L. Odom, ED.D., in his book “Stuck in the middle: A generation X view of talent management” suggests that talent management should be about four things: “Knowing, growing, showing and flowing”. He goes on to explain how these four clients can promote a well-structured succession plan. Odom’s “growth element” includes an employee’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed at the next level. Our own professional development includes knowing when to ask for more. Although an organization can offer opportunities and support, it is ultimately up to the individual to take control of their professional future. Odom calls this your own “succession plan”.
Pop the Hood: Regardless of whether you chose a sports car or a station wagon as a symbol of your career, style is not as important as substance, because striking colors and sleek designs only get you so far. It is what counts under the hood. Know what drives you (passion), know what you’re capable of (strengths), and find a way to bring these assets together and build on them. However, an honest review of your skills and performance must come first. According to Odom, part of doing things in life as a company or as an individual is to look at things personally. He admits that this is not always easy, but ignoring it can make you feel “stuck in the middle”.
Not only do you have to represent yourself, you also need to know what assets you are committed to and where growth is required. Odom reminds us of that “The unwillingness to make a hard judgment is a separation between what you want and what you need.”
Kick the Tires: Are you ready to roll If you continuously improve your talent and know what you’re capable of, it’s time to take a step. This can take the form of a dialogue with a decision maker or developing opportunities outside of your current organization. It is important that you have both balance and profile to get ahead. In other words, assess what you can do as you advance your career. If family responsibilities take precedence, you will lose your balance after working more than 60 hours a week. What hold do you have in your organization, industry and strategic alliances when it comes to the profile? You need to pave your way with concrete resources that will help you advance your career. This requires effort and drive.
Whatever your career goal, removal requires maintenance and drive.
It is never easy. According to Odom, “success is associated with challenges and sacrifices … If you are not ready to make an effort … then you really don’t want that much personal success.”
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