Are You Unprepared for Your Next Job?

Team Ruckus

By: Team Ruckus, Willamette University Atkinson School MBA for Professionals Program

If you read the above title and thought, “I have not even thought about my next job,” this is your wake up call. In competitive employment markets, you need to actively manage your career trajectory or you will be left behind, and fast. Being smart or technically superior is no longer enough to make your mark in today’s business.

In previous generations, the length of employment in an single industry was an indicator of experience, loyalty and dedication. In today’s employment market, it is often seen as stagnation in a career as your experiential learning wanes. Leaders do take notice to career trajectory when evaluating the benefits of potential hires and internal promotions. Working in the same job for more than 3-4 years discourages your further growth. The good news; you can break the cycle and change your career trajectory starting today.

Forget about longevity, diversity of experience matters.

In the recent article, Eight Career Skills You Need to be Competitive in 2016, by Stephanie Vozza, published in Fast Company Magazine, the author points out you should diversify your mix of hard and soft skills to maximize your career advancement. The article suggests that enhancing your global mindset and managing among diverse cultures and within diverse environments will prove to be of significant value to show  adaptability in your work. A willingness to learn and seek opportunities paired with strong, agile communication skills are vital for you employer to envision you in positions of higher authority. Finally, your ability to delegate work that can be handled by others not only improves your time management, but also encourages the growth mentality among your staff. These skills in combination will show your true leadership potential and your readiness to take on the next business challenge.

Get the attention of the boss and outshine the competitors
Get the attention of the boss and outshine the competitors.

In today’s business organizations, these skills will help to differentiate you among all those vying for the job. Do you have what it takes to meet the needs of your next job? Are you ready?