Be the boss about boss conversations

Be the boss about boss conversations
When initiating a career conversation with your boss, ensure you're well prepared for the discussion.

Career discussions usually only arise once or twice a year during the performance review period. As they are few and far between, make it your responsibility to take control of your career and initiate these discussions.

Be Proactive
People who are the most successful in their careers are those who take the initiative to create their own path toward growth and development. Spend time reflecting on your achievements and skills, and also the areas in which you want to develop. If you’re ready to take the next step in your job or career, don’t wait to be promoted - actively seek out opportunities. Jump at every chance to display your skills and commitment beyond your day-to-day role.  

Make your manager aware you are interested in taking the next step in your career. Be confident in articulating your contribution to the organisation and the types of roles you are interested in. Be open to feedback, particularly regarding your skills and knowledge gaps. If required, invest in further training, study or volunteer work to gain the skills required to move forward. 

Be Prepared and Flexible
Schedule a meeting with your manager at a time when you’ll both be free from interruption. Be open, with regard to the agenda, so you both have time to prepare and won’t be surprised by the direction of the conversation. Before the meeting, ensure you research future opportunities within the business, and have a clear understanding of how your strengths apply to these roles and if the job prospects align with your career goals. Be willing to changing teams or divisions, as often other areas of the business may benefit from your skills and provide you with the opportunity to grow professionally. If you’re unsure of the standard skill sets and salary levels for these positions, consult your HR manager, your industry/professional body or a specialist recruitment company in your field, such as Randstad.

During the conversation be direct in articulating what you have achieved since your last meeting and communicate your commitment to the organisation, and be open to working collaboratively with your manager to develop a specific career path. If you take this approach, not only are you on your way to proactively managing your career, you're also building a positive relationship with your manager who could end up as your colleague in the future! 

For more tips and advice on how to have positive career conversations, contact one of our specialist recruitment consultants who can provide you with further advice on how you can progress your career.
Posted: Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 9:34 AM