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7 High-Impact Career Development Steps

The development of your career is tough and if you are in a career transition, it can be stressful. You must be flexible to the needs and expectations of a potential employer.

You are your brand and your job is managing your brand: YOU.

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7 High-Impact Career Development Steps

  1. 1. www.marvrussell.com marv@marvrussell.com 312.315.7737 EXPERTISE • 25+ years Corporate Leadership Experience • OD/HR Consultant, Author, Speaker, Leadership Coach • Student-Athlete Performance Coach o Notre Dame student-athlete Career Development Strategies 7 High-Impact Steps to Own and Manage Your Career by Marv Russell 1
  2. 2. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com The development of your career is tough and if you are in a career transition, it can be stressful. You must be flexible to the needs and expectations of a potential employer. You are your brand and your job is brand management.
  3. 3. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com 1. Leverage your ethnic culture • Today organizations value cultural differences • Research a prospective employer’s values o Social media posts, images and channels are a good way to understand a company’s brand and values
  4. 4. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com 2. Define your career objective • Write down your immediate career goal • Write down your ideal career goal • Define the steps you need to follow to achieve your ideal career goal • Be intentional o Review and update your career objectives on a regular basis
  5. 5. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com 3. Be essential, exceptional and ethical • Be essential o Make sure you have the knowledge and skills employers in your field need • Be exceptional o Your performance must be exceptional • Be ethical o Your behaviors must be ethical and meet the expectations of your employer and clients
  6. 6. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com 4. Perfect your elevator speech • Always be prepared with a 30-60 second summary of your skills, knowledge and career goals o Be concise: you only have a few seconds to grab and hold their attention o Be clear: use language everyone understands o Tell your story: showcase your personality o Close with a CTA: what’s the next step
  7. 7. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com 5. Build your brand on social media • Employers research social for prospects and current employees • Your online behavior is your brand • If you have to wonder if its OK to post something, it’s probably not • Create a social profile that promotes who you are and where you want to go
  8. 8. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com 6. Find a mentor • Someone who knows you, who will tell you the truth and whose advise you trust
  9. 9. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com 7. Be prepared for rejection and success • Welcome the small wins o Internships, letters of recommendation, volunteer work • Learn from rejection o Failure is an opportunity to learn and improve
  10. 10. 7 High-Impact Career Development Strategies You own and manage your career You are your brand Your skills and knowledge are strengths to be leveraged Failure is an opportunity to learn and improve www.marvrussell.com
  11. 11. Career Development Strategies read more: Leveraging Your Culture to Own and Manage Your Career www.marvrussell.com 11
  12. 12. Career Development Strategies www.marvrussell.com 12 about Marv Russell: I'm an author; keynote speaker; and OD / HR consultant and expert on leadership, organizational development, and behavior and ethics. I was a football student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame and member of the 1973 National Championship Team, with an MPA from Indiana University and currently completing my PhD in Organizational Development. I'm the author of two books • Linebacker in the Boardroom: Lessons in Life and Leadership, a leadership best seller • Finding Your Internship: What Employers Want You to Know • My new book, Building the Diverse and Inclusive Organization, is scheduled for fall publication. Contact Marv: @Twitter marv@marvrussell.com www.marvrussell.com

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