A generation ago, your employer would manage your career. Everyone expected to have the same employer, or no more than two employers in a career. The company you worked for had a distinct career ladder and your current manager would judge not only your job performance, but when you were ready to learn more and when you were ready to rise to the next level.
Current business reality is that every one of us will have multiple employers. Many of us will change not only jobs, but change our whole careers multiple times during our employed lifetime. Every job from Assistant Custodian to Chairman of the Board is now temporary. A pink slip can come at any time, often from policy or management changes that have nothing to do with performance.
YOU should be actively managing your career even while gainfully employed.
Develop and refine your personal brand, have a resume updated and ready at all times, be active and current on social media platforms, and put a career plan and goals in place. If that sounds overwhelming, use a Career Coach, a Resume writer, and other professionals to get you on the right track until you’re ready to fly solo.
Never lose sight of the fact that you ARE the manager of your own career. Are you doing a good job? Do you have a plan? Are you prepared for your next job search? Your career is vital to you, don’t allow it to suffer without guidance and don’t get caught unprepared for a sudden transition. You, the client, deserve great career management!