Whether you are presently working or in transition a must for any professional is becoming relevant. Becoming relevant is understanding how you make a significant and positive difference to your current or a prospective employer. Simply stated it is how you make their life better by you working there. What is your value? What do you contribute to their mission and goals? Too often professionals get lulled into the misnomer that their work should speak for itself or that your past accomplishments from the glory days should carry you. Relevance is all about what you have done lately and how it matters to the employer. Becoming relevant requires an understanding of what is important to an employer as well as being able to tout your story by not only being able to communicate what you can do but connecting it to what that means for them. This becomes essential during job interviews as well as during performance review and development planning time. Ask yourself, “are your skills current and are you relevant?” If the answer is yes – you are well on your way to being successful in landing or keeping the job.
About the Author: Karen Kodzik
Cultivating Careers was founded by Karen Kodzik, a Career Consultant who has worked with individuals in transition for over 13 years. Karen meets professionals at various points on their career path and works with them to gain a clearer sense of where they want to take their careers. Karen Kodzik holds a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career Development. Karen couples seasoned counseling skills with a solid business acumen. She has coached and consulted various levels of professionals across industries to successfully reaching that next point in their career.