PUT YOURSELF IN POLE POSITION BY UNDERSTANDING THE COMPANY OBJECTIVES
By Rachael Kerr, Senior Consultant
Securing the role that you want – whether that is with a new company or a promotion within your existing organisation – is very much about understanding the valuable contribution that you can make to the business.
When determining the best candidate for a particular role, an employer is not only looking for someone who can fulfil their current requirements but must also feel confident that you have the potential to grow within the company and help it to achieve its own ambitions.
You might have a clear idea about why you want a particular role or secure a promotion – increased responsibility, better financial package, new challenges – but it’s important to also take a moment and consider why would an employer want you as part of their team. Competition is tough so not only do you need to sell yourself, your skills and experience but you need to make these entirely relevant to your future bosses and where they are heading as a business.
Before you go to an interview, make sure you do as much research as you can about the organisation and understand its achievements to date, position in the marketplace and future growth plans – do they have ambitions to launch new divisions or expand into new territories, are they looking at developing new products? If so think about what relevant experience you have in these areas and how this knowledge will be advantageous.
If you have identified a promotion opportunity within your current organisation, discuss with your line manager what attributes the role will demand and clearly understand what you need to do to demonstrate your ability to deliver in these areas. Perhaps look at volunteering to lead a project or become part of a task force addressing a particular issue if this will enable you to gain further experience in areas that go beyond your existing job role.
Businesses are continually developing and evolving; this can present numerous opportunities for career development so it is important that you share your desire to progress. Employees who can display a keen interest in the objectives of the business along with a willingness to learn new skills, explore different ways of working and demonstrate their ability to share their own knowledge with others are invaluable to an organisation.
Putting yourself in the shoes of an employer is an excellent way to help understand what you need to demonstrate in order to secure the role or promotion you are after. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How can I improve current systems or working practices?
- What experiences can I bring to the role?
- What projects have I had involvement with where I can demonstrate how I helped meet a particular business goal or objective?
- How have I helped to develop skills and motivate other members of my existing team?
- How would I like to see my role develop should I be successful in my application?
It is also important to have a clear understanding about your own career ambitions; do these reflect the objectives of your current employer or the position that you are applying for? If not, you need to carefully consider what your next steps might be, visualise where you want to be and what you need to do to achieve your goals.
Sharp Consultancy specialises in the recruitment of finance and accountancy professionals. With offices in Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and Manchester our highly experienced team of consultants recruit for temporary, interim and permanent roles across the full spectrum of positions throughout Yorkshire and the North West.