Alone I go quickly; together we go far.

After several years at the same role in your company, you may wish to move and find a new job. This may be a choice to advance your career, improve your wages or simply to find a more interesting career. Sometimes you just know it is time to move on. No matter the reason, there are several keys to navigating a successful career change.

First, don’t let fear of job loss kill your career.

The founder of The Passion Institute, Sandja Brugmann, says “When we think of fear, more often than not, we view it as an emotion we’d rather avoid… It is a feeling that can be so paralyzing and scary that it automatically triggers our instincts to survive. Unfortunately, this can surface behaviors that are not in alignment with moving us towards our dreams and business success.”

Second, take advantage of any opportunities to diversify your skills.

When you work in a big company, it is usually quite easy to move from department to department. In fact, Human Resources teams often have systems and procedures that help identify people within the company who want to change. HR teams are also constantly evaluating the skillset of employees, in order to place workers in the best possible role to optimize and improve company results. For this reason, it could be beneficial for you to be known and recognized by your managers for your specific skillset. Don’t hesitate to talk about this during your yearly interview with your manager.

For those in smaller organizations, the most important asset to have is a great network. As you progress along your career, you can meet people both from within your company and from other companies (such as suppliers or clients). You can also weave links and develop relationships with your peers in other companies.

All of these people will know you, appreciate you for your good job, for your kindness, for your skills, your regularity and your tenacity, and will trust you. You can speak to them about your career desires and, of course, to listen to what they, themselves, are looking for. Occasionally, people from your network hear about a job that you could be interested in, and they will tell you. In return, you can do the same for your network members.

It is vitally important to continue to make connections; to constantly maintain and grow your network. To find out more about continuing to connect and read the full article by Laurence Favier in CommProBiz click here. 

Laurence Favier is a Joy of Business facilitator and highly experienced corporate executive. After more than 30 years in senior IT roles, particularly in project management and operations, Favier made a conscious decision to adopt a more fulfilling and nurturing approach to work and impending retirement. Favier is an Access Consciousness™ certified facilitator, a Being You facilitator and a Joy of Business facilitator. Her knowledge of the corporate world is an asset to her clients. She offers relevant and effective training for businesses and business leaders, as well as valuable insights for the well being of employees. She provides training, conferences, workshops and one-on-one sessions. /author] Find out more about Laurence Favier here. 

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