You took the job to get your foot in the door, now what?

I’ve recently been struck by the number of people who’ve accepted a position with a great organization to get their foot in the door, but they didn’t have a strategy in place for their career beyond that.

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Common Mistakes

  • Assuming that people will realize you’re awesome and offer opportunities for advancement right away.
  • Keeping your head down, doing the work, and expecting your work to do all of the talking for you.
  • Failure to get acclimated with various parts of the organization.

Here’s you should do if you’ve accepted or about to accept a “foot in the door” position.

  • Prior to starting your new position research the various departments within the organization and create a short list of positions you’re interested in. Don’t marry your list, you need to be open to positions that may be a good fit for your skills.
  • Use your personal network and LinkedIn to find out who’s who within the departments that you are interested in. You’ll want to get meet these individuals when you do introductions.
  • Work your ass off, seriously your goal isn’t to stay in the “foot in the door” position. If you’re going to have a chance of moving  you have to make a good impression in the position you were hired for. This means show up early, exceed expectations, stay late from time to time; if necessary.
  • Ask questions, the best way to get noticed in meetings is to ask intriguing questions. Show up to each meeting well researched and prepared to be a part of the discussion. Don’t ask questions that you can easily find the answer to.
  • Make your interest known, speak with the power players within your department and  within the department that you’re interested in. Let them know what skills you can bring to the position of interest and how it will fit within the overall organization goals. You should approach these conversations with confidence, not arrogance.

It’s never too late to make a move into the position that you’re interested in. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

~Jacqueline

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