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Navigating your career: taking charge of your own development

Posted James Hawley, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays, on Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015

Taking Charge of Your DevelopmentAccording to report by HR software company BambooHR, career growth is the number one reason why US employees resign.  But before you start looking elsewhere, have really tried everything to further your career with your current company?

Consider these factors before you think about moving on:

Make your goals known from the beginning
Use the interview as an opportunity to find out if the long-term opportunities available are aligned with your career goals. Could there be an opportunity to manage staff? Will you be able to specialize in a specific area of construction or become certified? It’s important to get this information upfront to help you make an informed decision about the job.

Keep channels of communication open
Even though you may have laid it out before, don’t assume the right people know your objectives. Schedule regular meetings to update on your goals and find out what options are available. Your plans might evolve or there could be new or different opportunities available as the company changes so it’s important you stay on the radar.

Growing your skillset
Take advantage of relevant training available through your company, many are offering sponsored training from companies such as The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Find out what relevant in-house training courses are available or whether your employer will cover the cost of training. Be sure to also update your LinkedIn profile and resume with new skills, technologies and courses completed.

Learn from the best
Talk to your co-workers, particularly those who have more tenured experience. Their knowledge is invaluable so take them for a coffee and ask them about specific areas of their role and career path. Find out if it is a possibility to job shadow people with specific skills and put your hand up for any on-site learning opportunities to help you upskill.

Did you find these tips helpful? Learn more practical tips or speak to your local expert today.

Find out more about James Hawley, Executive Vice President, an expert in Construction & Property.


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