Do you have great colleagues, a great work environment, even really like the company you work for but just no longer enjoy the actual work that you are doing?
But what can you do without having to find a job at another company?
There are several steps you can take which will hopefully mean that you don’t have to leave your organisation in order to have a job you enjoy.
1. The first is to look at your current job as objectively as you can and try and determine:
- What’s the real problem?
- What are the opportunities?
- What things can you really change?
2. If you don’t already have one, start keeping a personal portfolio of the work you have done, problems you have overcome, where you have added value to the business and really made a difference. This will provide a basis for you to assess your skills and achievements. It will also enable you to know your true worth and marketability.
3. You now need to figure out, if you don’t already know, what area it is that you want to work in, what area of the company really interests you?
4. Then you need to analyse and take stock of your transferable skills which are comprised of those versatile skills that you can apply and make use of in a number of different roles. Everyone has transferable skills. Once you have identified your set of essential skills that you can take with you and apply anywhere you go, you can then find ways in which to further develop them as well as identifying new skills to add to your inventory.
5. You need to become politically aware and be tuned to office politics to enable you to be seen as the innovator, as a key player, not as dead wood.
6. Try finding someone who does a similar role to the one you are interested in and talk to them about it. Find out more about what is involved and the skills you need.
7. It is important that you are aware of what the company’s mission statement is and what it’s vision and plans for the future are. Know the important areas that the company is focussing on as these could have openings suitable for you. See if there are any completely new areas of business that the company is exploring as these may lead to openings – new products and services will need new teams to develop them and most employers will give opportunities in new teams to existing staff members who show a genuine interest.
Going through the steps outlined above, will give you the confidence to speak to your manager and/or HR manager about wanting to change career within the company – you won’t get anywhere without actually asking, or telling, the people who might be able to help you.
At this meeting, there are three things you need to be aware of in order to negotiate your Future:
- DON’T be tempted to talk about what you need. Talk about the value you add.
- DON’T focus just on the past, describe what you can do in the future.
- DO focus on what you are bringing to the deal, remembering to explain in win\win language which means something to your employer.