From the Desk of the CEO

3 Ways to Take Control of Your Career

Oct 1, 2021, 16:26 PM by Amy S. Dufrane, Ed.D., SPHR, CAE, CEO of HRCI

That got me thinking about what it takes to really take control of your career. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but that shouldn’t stop us from taking steps towards the careers we want to have. 

Here are three small ways to prepare for your next big career move.

  • Determine your competitive advantages. What are the skills and qualifications that set you apart from your peers? Identify the abilities HR leaders need right now, such as adaptability, agility and continuous learning habits. Which ones do you have, and what are you missing? Ask your supervisor to help you find a project that allows you to exercise the skills you need to develop to get where you want to go.
  • Outline formative experiences. HR has taken on new roles and responsibilities in the last 18 months, and there’s greater work ahead as we transition to a hybrid work model. Start laying out the projects you’ve worked on recently. What did you learn from them? How are you applying what you’ve learned to continuously adapt? Build a habit of thinking critically about your work experiences. 
  • Improve your community standing. When you’re preparing to make a career move, don’t overlook the power of community recognition. Even if you plan to apply for jobs outside of your geographical community, networking in your city and state provides strong recognition and relationships to help propel you forward. To get started, look for opportunities to share your expertise or serve on a local nonprofit board.