The BIGGEST Career Mistake Senior Managers Make

The BIGGEST Career Killing Mistake Senior Managers Make

Hi, this is Caroline, your career coach and mentor.

In this video, I want to share with you the biggest career killing mistake that senior managers make.

For those who don’t know me, I help senior managers land a 6-figure income.

I see all the time how senior managers can be reactive.

They have no control about the direction of their career and they’re not intentional.

So they reach a point in their jobs where they say:

  • I need to quit.
  • I need to get out of here.
  • I’m fed up with the politics.
  • I’m not respected or valued.
  • I feel underutilised.
  • I’ve been complaining about my job way too long to my department and I had enough.

So they start applying for roles and get a new job but three months in, they’ll realise that their new job is exactly the same as what they have experienced in their previous company.

Sound familiar? 

Because if it does, you're not alone. 

A lot of people aren't intentional about their career moves, they just drifting from job to job, hoping and praying that a new position will be better.

And unless you change your ways in doing things, you’ll get the same results over and over again.

There are three tips that I want to share with you so you can change that.

1. Know your core values.

What are they and how do you want them represented in the workplace?

How do you ask questions in an interview so you can make a judgement call whether or not an organisation or manager is aligned with you or if the work itself will be fulfilling for you?

2. Think about your resume.

Your resume is not a bunch of words on paper.

It’s not a necessary evil but a clear representation of the value you create.

It needs to show who you are, the situations you thrive in, and what you’re strong at.

It should show not just what you can do but also what you want to do.

A lot of people that I work with through the Career Success Program mention on their resume a lot of executional work that they have done in the past rather than highlighting their leadership capabilities and strategic skills.

3. Create a strategy.

Your strategy can’t be reactive.

You can’t just rely on a job appearing on a job board because we all know that the more senior the role gets, the smarter you have to be in finding them.

A general manager’s position is not going to be advertised on a job board.

You need to know the ways to look for those jobs.

You need to do networking and connect with the right people.

There are many ways to do that without going to networking events.

Technology has made it so easy but you have to do it the right way.

You also have to connect with recruiters and head hunters.

You also have to optimise your LinkedIn profile to make sure that you get found.

I have many clients in the senior level who are stuck because they expect to be approached for roles because it always happens in their career.

But all of a sudden, it doesn’t happen anymore.

So they ask, “Where do I start?”

So I go out and check their LinkedIn profile only to see that their profile is not optimised and not findable for recruiters, head hunters, internal HR managers, or hiring managers.  

These are the three strategies I want to share with you and I also want you to do some things for me:

I hope this video inspired you and if you have any questions please let me know.

I’ll see you in the next video!