As someone who has been in the recruiting business for over two decades now, I have seen my fair share of Candidates at various junctures in their career: Candidates who consistently flourish in the work they do; Candidates who also experience job stagnation and complacency; As well as Candidates who have made some mistakes along their journey only to rebound and triumph. All these paths are discretionary and dependent on individual circumstance but either way there’s no judgement. What sticks out for me most is: whether it’s Candidates young, fresh out of college, the middle of the road candidates (who need a recharge), and the older ones, tired and worn, they all ask the same question: How do I make myself STANDOUT and BE NOTICED? Standout to get hired? Standout in the job they’re in? Standout to move up? Standout to reposition my career? The recurring theme as you can see is the desire to STANDOUT and BE SEEN.
Here are my top five 2019 career tips to STANDOUT, BE SEEN, and GET NOTICED:
1) Be UNAPOLOGETICALLY you – this year is all about bringing your true self to work, which means you get to celebrate your cultural pride, whether it’s how you wear your hair or how you decide to dress or speak. More and more workplaces are creating safe spaces to allow employee comfortability and acceptance when it comes to cultural differences.
2) Make MOVES for you – wherever you are in your career, you need to always be in hustle mode. Standout employees always up the ante in their career and have their hands in many different things at the same time. Whether it’s making an effort to attend more mixer events, continuing your education, or getting certifications to improve yourself, just do it; it will help you in the end.
3) Know your WORTH – I always write about this because this is one of the most important career tips I can give. Knowing exactly what you have to offer to each job works in your favor every time. How are you the best fit for the role you are in or trying to get hired for? Know your skills and expertise and bring your proven track record. Accomplishments and confidence factor into the promotion you seek, as well as your title and pay.
4) There’s NO ONE Like You – You have to make yourself irreplaceable. Whatever industry you are in, make yourself an authority and leader. Whatever company you work for at the end of the day, do your job like no other, thus making you irreplaceable. Trust and believe the buzz surrounding you and your work ethic will take flight. This will only work in your favor because recruiters like me will try to poach you about new and exciting opportunities. Your current company may also try their hardest to keep you in pay, benefits, quality of life, etc.
5 ) PLAN your next job or career with full on fervor and purpose – I was speaking to a candidate about this just this morning. He’s an accountant ready to make a move to a different industry and feels as if his experience is easily transferable across different industries. This is where visualization and soul searching comes into play, establishing a plan and acting upon it. Setting realistic expectations on how to begin your search is key. How’s the resume looking? Needing to brush up on interviewing? All these things require preparation and mental readiness.
These are just a few powerful career tips that will ensure your STANDOUT status. I am hoping that you walk away from this quick read feeling inspired to take yourself to the next level. I believe if you unapologetically walk into who you truly are, you will feel empowered as your own authentic self. Making moves that allow you be seen involves continuous networking and learning. Never stop! Stepping into your worth will be rewarding when you fully understand what worth looks like to you. Knowing that only you can do your job the best is a powerful tool that can help you at your current job or your next. Everything requires a plan and your next job or career is no different. Remember, you want to STANDOUT, BE SEEN, and GET NOTICED!
I am someone who sees incredible potential and opportunity in places where some people don’t think to look. Minorities and women are still marginalized in the working world. As owner of a diversity staffing boutique, my team and I walk alongside our Clients in creating professional environments that are truly for ALL. I believe in our interconnectedness as a human race and strive every day to use my gifts to empower the workplace’s invisible and powerless. I rarely bet on certainty and always root for the underdog because, after all, those are the best stories to tell.