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Your Relationship with Change and Growth

Kent Nolen

Happy New Year!

I am often asked for my “best” career advice. People want to know what will help them succeed in their job, the interview, their annual review, etc.

This comes up a lot. Especially at the start of a new year.

Of course, my responses change depending on the topic and the employment environment at any given time, but right now I’m seeing a lot of missteps when it comes to one thing:

Change and Growth Orientation

Increasingly, top employers are looking for agility and action. They are most interested in job candidates who can demonstrate a track record of action (via an outstanding resume and stellar interviewing skills) and who are actively taking steps to become better and better at what they do.

Simply put, employers want to know that you have fresh ideas and are currently engaged in growing your career and knowledge base.

When I am consulting to help a company with a high-level hire, this is an area that will often separate the “good” candidates from the “excellent” candidates.

Ask yourself:

  • Am I aware of current cutting-edge practices in my field?

  • Can I demonstrate my domain expertise and am I prepared to speak to the aspects of my field that have my attention right now?

  • Am I able to communicate a passion and a distinct point of view regarding where my field is heading.

Remember, the demand for organizations to rapidly evolve demands that they have talent who can lead that change. So, hiring someone who knows where any given domain is headed isn’t just a nice to have; it is critical to a company’s success. Be that person.

Welcome to 2019. Remember, if you need help with the next steps in your career, change starts here at Tandem Powered!