By Jessica Salerno, OSCPA senior content manager
Consider your ideal career trajectory before you begin the job hunt, one HR expert says.
“There has to be a real intentionality when asking ‘What do I want to do with my career?’” said Steve Black, practice leader of Human Resource Services at Brixey & Meyer.
Black joined the State of Business podcast this week to discuss what professionals should do before they begin the job hunt and interview process. While Black said everyone’s reasoning for leaving a job might be different, consider your long-term priorities at an organization. While you might get increased pay at another company, you could end up hating the culture or the work you do every day. Take the time to think about what you’re looking for in future employers, work cultures, growth opportunities and salary so you can more easily distinguish between what is and isn’t a good fit.
And depending on how you feel about your current employer, Black said it might even be worthwhile to talk to your manager about your goals and what you want to achieve in case there are opportunities you aren’t aware of that might incentivize you to stay at your company.
Being in a pandemic this long has put most companies under intense stress and turmoil, and Black said exposed “the good, the bad and the ugly,” when it comes to how companies can treat their staff. If this has been an issue for you, consider how leadership has cared for the well-being of employees and employee satisfaction or made an effort to do better.
And if you do decide to interview for other positions, Black said to use the interview process to understand the goals and intentions of a new company. When asking about culture, dig deeper beyond the standard “tell me about the culture” question. If a manager says they value flexibility, ask how their policies reflect that and recent examples. Address any specific concerns in the interview process so you aren’t surprised or disappointed later.
“I see some of the most engaged, satisfied people in jobs where they have clarity and alignment on how they can be a major contributor in a very meaningful way,” he said. “And those are the type of people that I see are really opening doors for themselves. Because they're able to utilize their talents and strengths in ways that say, ‘I can give, and I want to be able to do this.’ And that is a phenomenal way to go in and be able to have a long, prosperous career.”
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