What characteristics are key to work on to develop my career?
ANNE-MARIE DOLAN HR leader, Australian Human Resources Institute
MANY of these will be dependent on the type of career you are seeking to pursue but there are a few key characteristics that any employer will look for, regardless of role or industry. Loyalty is important. While employers will expect to see some movement in your career, particularly in the early stages, evidence of commitment to an organisation is a good sign. Commitment to growth is also good to demonstrate. Furthering your studies and experience in a variety of ways (eg courses, volunteering, work experience) is a good indicator to employers that you are committed to an industry or profession.
Mid-career ADRIANNA LOVEDAY General manager HR consulting, Randstad
TIME and time again, research demonstrates there are clear links between optimism and career success. Optimism is the ability to view happiness as a normal state, see negative events as temporary glitches and sense opportunities even in the face of adversity. The skill allows us to be resilient, focus on what can be achieved and seek the valuable lesson in every situation, rather than drowning in negative emotions, such as disappointment in performing poorly at a job interview. Look around you and you will probably notice that optimistic people tend to look at their career problems differently.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management career transition
I SUGGEST that people focus on three key areas. Have a clear understanding of your strengths – defined as high-skill, highenjoyment activities or the things you can do with your eyes closed. Understand the roles with which these strengths are best aligned. Too often, people take on roles not aligned to their strengths and their performance suffers. It’s best to develop a career strategy map covering increments of 10 years at a time. Such a map creates multiple options based on existing experience and helps people understand their leverage points.
The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager, Donington transition and outplacement
THIS will vary from person to person but there are generic elements that should be reviewed or considered. Are you suitably qualified, trained and have relevant experience? If not, enrol in a training/development program to address your shortfall. If experience is missing and you just can’t get that job, try volunteering in an aligned business environment. Draw on and improve your networks and get out and about talking to people in that industry. Build a reputation as a proactive ‘‘ can do’’ person who aspires to and attains high-quality work. Be respectful, honest, genuine and helpful in your business dealings.