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Taking Your Career to the Next Level, or To The Top!

Posted-on October 2019 By Amy Bates

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​What's the right path for you?

Functional Expert: Make your mark based on your specialised skills and expertise.

Middle Management: Take charge of how your organisation gets things done.

Senior Management: Provide the vision and direction for your organisation.

What's your next move?

Internal Promotion: Take on an upward role to increase your responsibility, or a lateral move to expand your skills.

Target Company or Industry: Go after that dream employer who can provide the experience and opportunity you seek.

Target Location: Gain regional or international experience to prepare yourself for bigger things.

What's your Strategy?

PLAN YOUR TIMING

• Prepare to transition 6-12 months ahead of time.

• Update your resume and LinkedIn profile.

• Close any knowledge gaps.

• Keep up with emerging trends in your industry.

• Build a portfolio of your accomplishments.

FIND A MENTOR

• Learn intricacies of executive success.

• Share ideas and strategies.

• Meet the right people.

• Avoid potential land mines.

• Study successful leaders.

• Research target industry.

BUILD YOUR NETWORK

• Attend networking events.

• Connect on social media.

• Partner with a recruiter.

• Gather advocates and influencers.

• Join or form a mastermind group.

INCREASE YOUR VISIBILITY

• Stand out in your current role.

• Understand your differentiators

• Showcase your value.

• Let your goals be known.

• Express interest inadvancing within the company.

• Volunteer for high profile projects.

• Serve on an advisory board.

ENGAGE AN EXECUTIVE RECRUITER

• Choose a recruiter who understands your industry.

• Top jobs are often filled through recruiters.

• Begin the relationship before you need them.

• Share your goals and interests.

• Update them on career successes.

• Discuss market changes.

• Identify Impact Player-level opportunities.

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

• Don’t underestimate the difficulty of your new role.

• Draft a 90-day, six month and one-year plan.

• Detail the steps you would take to reach your objectives.

• Raise confidence in your abilities with early wins.