"If your career dipped or plateaued… know circumstances had a lot to do with these conditions… you have the opportunity to pull yourself up, focus on the future, maintain hope for all that will come next and begin again."
Losing a job or losing fit due to decline in an industry can be difficult, but these developments can also help seed your re-invention. Your severance pay can fuel this ambition, and you can use skills that perhaps were not necessary for your past role to leverage your future success. You get to decide how to strategize this and how to spin it. Change gives you the chance to see your experience, skill set and goals from a different vantage point. That’s empowering. Use the momentum.
When HR professionals are reviewing materials to assess potential fit, they look to see if you have experience enacting the functions they need. If they are looking for a PR specialist or a licensed mechanical engineer, they are likely to recruit candidates who have done the job. If the setting is different but the competencies are the same, that often bodes well for fit.
It may be a cultural shift, but you can tell the story of how being a change agent is a comfortable role for you, once you’re ready to embrace again.
Insights from "How To Transition Into A New Industry" by John Ryan.
The hard truth is that the most trying of times tests the leadership mettle of individual executives like no other. It is what we do, how we share tough messages and what we stand for that will etch the real culture of the organisation into the minds of others.
Learning who you are - and demonstrating what you stand for, and what you will stand against - is as important a virtue as they come. To know one's own potential, you must know where you will draw the line in good times and bad, and how you will conduct yourself so that others will be willing to follow you.
Insights from "Taking A Stand When Character Matters Most".
If you found time recently to reflect on where you are on life's journey or on the pathway of your executive career, you may have found yourself thinking more about your purpose, your time and your priorities.
Herminia Ibarra provides a few simple ideas to help you reinvent your career. "When it comes to reinventing your career in this time of crisis, remember this important point: The time to get going is now - but don't go it alone."
There are times in our executive careers when reputations are shaped and legacies forged in the hearts and minds of those we work with. The hard truth is that the most trying of times tests the leadership mettle of individual executives like no other.
Chris Swan, Managing Director with TRANSEARCH International, was a panellist on the BlueSteps webinar 'Navigating an Uncertain Business Climate: Salary Negotiation, Career Growth and More'. The full recording is now available.
Simon Gray, Chair of the The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Business Committee, outlines some of the skills required to make a successful transition from the finance department to boardroom.
A growing number of industry spaces are at risk against a bevy of influences brought on by new technology and new business competitors whose aims are as disruptive as they are ambitious. So what do these disruptive forces mean for your executive career, and your company today?