How to Invent, Reinvent, and Reinvigorate Your Career

Posted on 18. Mar, 2014 by

If you are a human resources professional in the Philadelphia area and you aren’t part of the Philadelphia Society of Human Resources Management, then you are seriously missing out. I have been of a member of Philadelphia SHRM for about 2 years now and I have made so many great connections and have learned so much about the growing HR field. Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Philly SHRM Emerging Leaders Career Development Series where we had the pleasure of hearing Kelley Cornish, Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AmeriHealth Caritas, speak to us about how to invent, reinvent, and reinvigorate your career. Kelley brought up a lot of good points and I thought it would be helpful to share some of her points (and some of my thoughts) with all of you.

1. Finding your “next”

Before you can move forward in your career, you have to decide what is important to you and figure out your core values. After you have established your values, compare your current position/company to your list of values and see if they align – if they don’t, it’s time to start thinking about your next move – if they do, then you should start to think about how you can advance in your current role and move forward within the company. To make the most out of your career and reach your fullest potential, it is important to keep moving forward and learning new things.

2. Plan

If you are dedicated to moving forward and advancing in your career, it is important to plan and strategize. Who can you network with to help get you where you need to be? How can you stand out to your supervisors? Kelley discussed her experience with mentors and how they have helped her immensely throughout her career – without mentors and networking, Kelley wouldn’t be where she is today. Make sure to dedicate a couple hours each week to plan and strategize about your career growth.

3. The importance of a resume

You need a resume to recount your experience, skills, and knowledge, to get an interview, and to eventually get a job, so it is VERY important to have a clear, EDITED, resume. Many people will see your resume throughout your job search and it can quickly get dismissed if it is not free of errors. It really helps to have another set of eyes look over it before you send it to the company of your dreams with spelling and format errors.

4. GOOGLE YOURSELF

Make sure you can pass a “social media screen”. If there is adverse information out there about someone with the same name as you, be sure to put your middle name on your resume.

5. The Interview

Make sure to wear a professional business suit, bring a couple CLEAN copies of your resume, bring a notepad to takes notes, have good questions prepared, and do your research on the company. Do not wear distracting jewelry, perfume, or make up, don’t arrive late, and don’t interrupt! Also, be sure to prepare for all types of interviews – panel, group, or one on one. Always prepare for the worst, but expect the best!

Good questions to ask during an interview:

– How long have you been here and what do you like most about working here?
– What is the biggest challenge for this company/department right now?
– If selected, what is the most important thing I could do to help in the first 90 days?
– Now that we’ve talked about my background and my qualifications, do you have any concerns about my ability to succeed in this role?

6. You’re hired!

– Update those in your network that helped you get there
– Generously extend “thank you” notes
– Continue to network, but scaled down
– Over-deliver and be aware of your 90 probationary period
– Work smart
– Seek feedback from supervisors

If you are interested in learning more about how to reinvent and reinvigorate your career – I suggest buying Kelley’s book, “It’s Work! How Will You Show Up? 99 Tips Turns and Lessons Learned from A Panel of One”, that will be coming out on amazon this summer. Also, please visit the Philly SHRMs website (phillyshrm.org) to learn more about the organization and upcoming events.