Presentation and Positioning Are Everything
There’s one indisputable fact in the adult career. Things change. You may have your routine, and you may have a fairly set schedule, but at some point, something unusual will happen. You could come in to work one day and find that a key member of the staff is gone. Now there are new roles to fill, potential opportunities are opening up. What do you do? Are you ready to take advantage of them? Will you be viewed as one of those people who could step up and take on a more active role in the company’s growth? Are you an active contributor? It pays never to be complacent because whether you think they do or not, people do notice your efforts and your professionalism.
It pays never to stop looking for opportunities. These chances to subtly and occasionally proactively advance may appear as opportunities to learn, to take on additional responsibilities or a new project completely outside your current milieu, which can be great. Success in a new arena spotlights you as someone who can rise to any occasion and come out with the company’s bottom line looking plump and rosy. That’s what the game is all about after all.
Have you positioned yourself to be the go-to-guy or girl in your organization? Whether your company offers a clear cut development path or the rungs up the career ladder seem blurry, there are usually ways to advance, even if you have to make them to suit yourself. The information technology landscape is increasingly cross-cultural and cross-departmental. Tech professionals are straddling fences and stepping into areas they might not have logically fit before, but where they are now viewed as integral and valued pieces. And if there really is nothing for you to grow into at your company, are you grooming yourself for that next external career goldmine?