It's about time. The recession is over, things are looking up, companies are hiring, executives are coming out from hiding in their offices and cubicles. For all intents and purposes, many of us have held our collective breaths for the past 2 years for this moment. It's now time to take stock of who we currently are, where we are in our career, and where we want to go.
When you take a trip, you have a destination and a general idea of how to get there. Over the past two years, many executives have been fighting a valiant battle just to hold on to territory — fighting in the trenches — and hoping that something will happen to end the madness.
TIP #1 - Are You Happy & Challenged or Frustrated & Bored?
It's time to take stock of your current situation. Do you like your current position, responsibilities, boss, peers, and team? Do you see yourself moving upwards at a regular rate or have you been stuck doing the same old stuff? Do you yearn for new challenges? Do you want to do something completely different?
You need to analyze all of these criteria, and make a decision whether to stay where you are, move to another position, or move to another company. It's that easy.
TIP #2 - Are You Positioned To Make A Move?
Do you have the connections within your organization and/or outside in the marketplace to make a successful move? Who do you know? Who knows you? Is your resume up to date? Your LinkedIn profile? If someone Google's your name, what will they see? What options are their within your organization? A possible lateral move to a higher performing or higher profile department?
Start to make these moves right now — get out and start meeting people, get your papers and web presence in order and begin to keep up on what's happening in your marketplace. People tend to get stale when hibernating for 24 months.
TIP #3 - Are You Mentally Ready To Make A Move?
It's hard to get out of hibernation mode and into full 'action figure' mode. You have to want it. You can't be wishy-washy about your decision. You either want to stay or go — so when you make the decision, it's all systems "GO". I teach my clients there is either 'Yes' or 'No' — no 'Maybe'. Living in limbo is not only a bad situation, it can be mortally wounding your career. Take action now.
Act now or forever hold your peace.