CareerBuilder: 6 Career Advancement Tips that Will Give You an “Aha” Moment

CareerBuilder published an article this week featuring Cielo Executive Vice President, Angela Hills. The article, 6 Career Advancement Tips that Will Give You an “Aha” Moment, recaps a panel discussion Angela took part in during CareerBuilder’s eighth annual Staffing and Recruiting Executive Summit.

In particular, Angela touched on her path to professional success and shared several career advancement tips that she believes can take professionals “to the next level.”

Excerpts from the article:

1) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

Regardless of where you are in your professional journey or what rung of the career ladder you’re on, it’s good to have an “always learn and grow” mindset … Hills completed her MBA at Kellogg a few years ago while working full-time and pregnant with her first child. (So much for trying to come up with excuses, right?)

Consider taking up learning programs or courses in your field of interest to ensure you’re keeping your skill set up to date and staying on top of trends outside of the four walls of your organization.

“Doing a formal education experience while working was phenomenal, because every day I would learn and get the connect point between what I was learning from the classes in the evening and what I was doing during the day,” Hills says.

2) DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY NEW CHALLENGES THAT STRETCH YOU — EVEN IF YOU DON’T THINK YOU’RE FULLY QUALIFIED.

There will be multiple occasions over the course of your life when your natural inclination might be to say “Who me?” or “Are you sure you want ME to do that?” or “But I’ve never done that before.” But don’t be afraid to embrace it if it’s the right kind of opportunity and take on the challenge head on, Hills says. After all, we have all been brave enough to try new things for the first time that we haven’t done before — so why should it be any different when it comes to professional development?

Hills remembers asking her CEO before she joined the company: “’Are you sure you want someone who hasn’t been a recruiter in a really long time to run your recruiting business?’ [The CEO] said, ‘Absolutely, I want you to run it because you bring some skills that we don’t have and you have a lot of other [strengths] and we need to complement that.’”

Just because the next step is scary doesn’t mean you’re not ready for it — in fact, it’s probably quite the opposite, if you see it from Hills’ perspective.

“If I’m not a little bit nervous inside [or] a little bit freaked out, I’ve probably waited too long and I’m not challenging myself enough,” she says.

4) DON’T BE AFRAID OF MAKING MISTAKES — IT’S ALL PART OF THE PROCESS.

Do you have to recover from your mistakes? Absolutely. Do you have to recover from them at a faster pace the higher you move up the ladder? Without a doubt. But part of the journey of being successful is making mistakes and facing failures along the way.

As Hills put it: “How long do you sit there and relive it over and over again if you’ve made a mistake? You come back around, and there are then insights that drive different behaviors.” What’s important is to figure out how to make it OK to make mistakes and learn from them.

“What did you learn from that? What would you do differently the next time? What would you do the same if you had the chance to do it again?” Hills says that by getting in the habit of asking yourself and others around you these questions, you can start to change the common notion that mistakes are always a bad thing.

For access to the remaining “tips” and full article, visit:
http://thehiringsite.careerbuilder.com/2014/08/26/3-career-advancement-tips/