You are the CEO of your executive career; therefore, it is dependent on you to manage your career to ensure you accomplish your goals. Often, once you land an executive position, you think you’ve already made it, and you no longer have to do anything to manage your career. This misconception, however, is costly.
What happens if the company for whom you currently work chooses to move in another direction and you are part of that downsizing? What if you realize down the road that your current position is not the one that is going to sustain you to retirement?
Things change–companies and your own priorities. Therefore, it is prudent to manage your career before you are desperate. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in your current position for five months or 15 years, these are executive career management strategies you cannot overlook.
Build Your Skills and Expertise
Make it a priority to build your skills and expertise within your industry. To set you apart from others and make you an irreplaceable, and even a sought-after team member, stay up-to-date on the latest skills and technology in your field. This not only ensures that you know the most recent information, but also that you will continue to work hard to progress in your field.
Create an External Plan
Create a plan to build and grow your network. Networking is a critical component of your executive career management strategy, and active networking can set you apart. Building a network and taking an active role to foster relationships and demonstrate your expertise shows that you’re committed to helping others while progressing your own career.
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Build Your Personal Brand
In order to further your career, you must build yourself as someone valuable. To do that, you need to create a position where people see you as an industry expert – someone they want on their team. You set yourself apart as that person by building your personal brand. Communicate your values by sharing and commenting on articles and making decisions based on your values.
Know and Communicate Your Value
Coinciding with your personal brand, understanding your value and communicating to your network is what will set you apart from the competition and make people want you working for their organization. Make an effort to demonstrate how you’re a team player, how you benefit the team you work for, and your accomplishments.