Jen Davis, Head of Talent at Wyse Women, has some simple ways to help you achieve a more flexible career path.
It’s that time of year again where we reflect on the year that’s been and what we would like to accomplish in the year ahead. The most significant change people want to make is career related and see the start of a new year as the ideal time to take charge and initiate change.
Over the last 12 months I have interviewed many talented, driven and ambitious women whose new year resolution has been to seek out a flexible role and company to accomplish balance between their work and personal life. Their motivations for seeking balance have been different, whether it be to spend more time with their children, a passion project, starting a business, seeking variety or to focus more on their health and wellbeing.
We have placed some of these women in flexible roles and they are changing our industry without even realising it. They are instilling confidence in media businesses that flexible working can be successful and something they should embrace rather than shy away from. As a result, we’ll see 2018 bring about more flexible opportunities across the media and advertising industry, and I for one am excited at the prospect of helping clients embrace change and our members reach their full career potential.
If you found yourself in a place of reflection over the Christmas holidays and want to embark on a more flexible career path, here are some pointers to get you started.
1) Work out what it is that you really want to do?
Before you put yourself in any interview situation spend some time to understand what it is you really want to do in role, where and how you can add value and what you want to achieve from your career.
2) Know your key skills
When it comes to project or contract work the client is looking for someone who can ‘hit the ground running’, so be clear on what your key skills are and where you can add immediate and maximum impact.
3) Professional branding
Make sure your Linkedin profile and CV are on point and really demonstrate the depth of your experience, skillset and achievements. These are going to be a potential employers’ first impressions of you, so make it a positive one.
4) Know your financial worth
If you’re looking to make a switch from a full-time role to a flexible role then ensure you know your financial worth, don’t sell yourself short and know your negotiation parameters from the start.
Be confident about your experience and capabilities, and own the fact you are looking for flexibility. Just because you don’t want to be in the office 5 days a week doesn’t mean you are any less capable of being successful that someone who is. Believe in yourself.
6) Keep an open mind
One of the great things about contract and project work is that you’re not committed long term, so you can test the waters with companies and roles you may not have gravitated to in the past. They may expose you to a different pocket of the industry or provide you with the opportunity to work with some seriously talented people.
If you want to discuss any of the above points in more detail, then don’t hesitate to get in touch as we’re on hand to help you establish a more flexible career.