Think you’re deserving of a promotion or raise this year? Don’t wait for someone to come to you; be your #1 advocate and take charge of your HR career!
Here are three actions you can take to get started:
1. Seek out new experiences
We all know how easy it is to fall into the same comfortable daily routine. But that probably won’t get you noticed. To take the next step in your HR career, it’s important to seek out new experiences and challenges.
Often times, we are afraid of taking on projects outside our normal job duties; we worry about spreading ourselves too thin, or worse, failing. However, taking on new responsibilities and forging into the unknown are often stepping stones to career advancement. Steve Cadigan, former vice president of talent at LinkedIn and now a consultant, achieved success in his HR career by working in mergers and acquisitions at Cisco and then in a role at the company’s Singapore office.
“If you really want to get ahead, you have to sit in as many spots as possible and find your expertise,” he said in an interview with SHRM. “It doesn’t matter whether you start out as a recruiter or a generalist, you can learn from any position.”
The worse thing that can happen is you find out a certain aspect of HR isn’t for you, and you move on to your next role with a few new skills in your pocket.
2. Immerse yourself in the industry
To make a strong business case for expanding your HR responsibilities or taking on a new position, you need to show that you’re tapped into what’s going on in the industry. This knowledge gives your manager confidence that you can make well-informed strategic decisions for your company.
Provide context for your day-to-day HR activities by immersing yourself in the goings-on of the industry. Subscribe to HR blogs, newsletters and magazines. Track trends in recruitment, hiring and talent management. Stay abreast of tax, overtime and other legislation that can impact your business. Follow industry conferences and attend webinars and local workshops addressing current HR issues. Learn about new technology and what systems can improve HR operations and employee engagement within your company.
3. Hone your executive presence
Some people just have it – that commanding, confident air that makes people pay attention and listen. This special quality is called executive presence, and anyone can have it.
According to People Leaders, working on three areas in particular can help you develop your executive presence: appearance, voice and body language. Market yourself by dressing for success and being well groomed every day. Speaking clearly and confidently, and standing with good posture, projects authority.
Don’t sit back and wait for opportunity to arrive at your doorstep. Take charge of your HR career by regularly seeking out new experiences, immersing yourself in the industry and honing your executive presence.