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The Future Starts Today: 3 Ways to Plan Ahead for Future Open Positions

The Overture Group is an IMA member search and compensation consulting firm…

If you want to advance in your career, you must have the mindset of thinking ahead. Put these actions into your everyday work schedule in order to maximize every opportunity that becomes available.

Try New Things:

Try to gain experiences in as many aspects of your company as you can. Get creative and explore new ways to enhance your skills by saying yes to all opportunities presented. Take the time to contemplate what types of educational experiences you can benefit from. Use the power of your current position to put yourself out there and create experiences of your own to broaden opportunities. Think outside of the box in order to better round yourself as a superior candidate and prove that you have vision. Innovative thinking within your company will provide new opportunities that weren’t there before!

Make Note of Past Accomplishments:

It can be easy to get caught up and not recognize the work that you do. You need to keep polishing your resume because it is your own personal marketing tool. Doing so will help you develop a powerful resume and show employers the detailed achievements that you’ve earned. It will keep your mind refreshed on all the latest projects and give you leads for new ones to come. An established list of achievements will also give you credit as an authoritative figure in your field.

Review Job Trends:

Nobody likes to be caught off-guard. Conduct research on your job industry and the major trends that are occurring within it so your skills can transfer with them. What can set you apart from all the rest is your ability to adapt within an ever-changing industry (which can really refer to all industries). Don’t overlook the power of transferable knowledge. Keep teaching yourself new skills that can apply within your course of work and keep an eye out for new trends that can affect the current process you use today. Mentor those around you with what you learn so that they are up to date as well.

 

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