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Jeremy Clarke CDG2012 Career paths and networking


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'Career paths and networking' - Jeremy Clarke from Sue Hill Recruitment conducted this workshop at the CDG National Conference in Birmingham on 18 July 2012

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Jeremy Clarke CDG2012 Career paths and networking

  1. 1. Career Development GroupCareer paths & Networking Jeremy Clarke DipREC
  2. 2. Today’s topics• How to approach career development and job hunting• How these techniques may differ depending on the stage of your career• How to network, not only your peers but also with those higher up the chain
  3. 3. A few pointers• Planning - know what your selling before you go to market• Use internal opportunities to open external opportunities• Skills assessment exercises• Problems and solutions to be aware of
  4. 4. Planning Where are you now? Where doGetting you want to there be? How will you get there?
  5. 5. Career managementYesterday Today / tomorrow• job for life • alternative career• one organisation pathways• hierarchical progression • multiple organisations• development decided • continuous learning for you • you take responsibility• Internal training • portfolio careers• job security • security in your employability rather in your employer
  6. 6. Appraisals and developmentAppraisal-linked personal Professional skills development development• Training & development specifically • Specifically tailored to your own linked to current role development and career aspirations• Planning to support targets in your • Development activities may be current role linked to a different role• Discussed in appraisal meeting • May commence at appraisal but• Work based, completed in work time continues outside appraisal process• May incorporate development • May incorporate activities outside supporting career goals work• Joint responsibility for development • Personal responsibility for your own development
  7. 7. Obstacles and catalysts• Getting started• Day-to-day demands• Maintaining enthusiasm and energy• Support from colleagues and managers• Measuring progress
  8. 8. Job hunting - directly• Internal opportunities• Advertising - trade/local/national press, online job boards• Recruitment agencies• Direct approaches (do your research)• Following targeted companies
  9. 9. Job hunting - indirectly• Read – stay informed• Write – blog / tweet / linked / article• Speak – Conferences / open days• Networking• Reputation
  10. 10. How this differs at various levels? No rule changes, but other things to consider• Use Personal Learning Networks and Mentors• Keep assessing and re-assessing• Recognise the danger of becoming pigeon-holed• Keep stepping outside of your comfort zone• Be aware of competency frameworks for internal advancement• How are you perceived within the organisation and beyond?• How is your team perceived? Your team is a reflection of your management abilities
  11. 11. Networking - traditional• Pick the right event• Sliding scales of networking success• Set yourself targets• What do I want to find out?• What do I want to tell people?• Follow up afterwards
  12. 12. Networking - tips• Learn to smile and say hello• Ask for introductions• Approach singles• Prepare in advance• Be active in professional organisations• Go with your boss• Learn to listen
  13. 13. Networking - other considerationsInternal networking• Identify peers and network to be seen as a good advert for your service• What message do you want to give offOnline networking• Comment intelligently on online discussions• Remember you are building an online reputation
  14. 14. Action points• Take responsibility for your own development• Research emerging skill requirements• Identify future colleagues / future employers• Record, reflect, evaluate• Everything is a development opportunity
  15. 15. What next?