Job Hopping Your Way to Career Success
To accelerate your rise to the top of your profession consider job hopping from company to company asking for more responsibility and money at each leap. “Companies are looking for people who have broad experiences and people who can capture knowledge, absorb it quickly and advance into other positions,” writes Curtis Crawford author of “Corporate Rise: The X Principles of Extreme Personal Leadership.”
Crawford also recommends:
Identify what you want to do. Develop a comprehensive personal career plan and review it with your supervisor. Articulate what you want to accomplish and where you want to be.
Develop a relationship with your supervisor and his or her boss. “You’re living in the dark if you believe you can advance without your boss,” says Crawford. “People who have high aspirations should not be ashamed to let it be known. Talk to your boss about taking on broader responsibilities, ask how she got where she is and discuss how you can earn the right to move ahead.”
Find a mentor who can guide you through your career transitions. Consider hiring a professional mentor or career coach, or just identify a mentor within your company or your field.
Strive for excellence. No matter where you are, the quality of your work matters. “People who want to be in leadership positions cannot be satisfied with mediocre levels of accomplishment,” says Crawford.
Don’t overlook lateral moves. “Move into strategic positions to gain knowledge that competitors in your field won’t have — the result of lateral moves is faster acceleration to the top.” You’ll also experience less friction from your peers when you change jobs laterally within the same company, and you’ll be able to see your work from a different perspective.
Career Hacker * www.careerhacker.com * By Bill Inman * www.billinman.com