New York, NY (PRWEB) September 24, 2012
Whether they would like to stay with their current employer or have their sights set on a position with another firm, middle managers need to have a proactive job search strategy and should try to take on bigger responsibilities that are more in line with the next position up the corporate ladder. Start planning at least six to 12 months out, especially if the goal is to progress into a more senior management role, say experts at Harris Allied, an executive recruiting firm.
“Middle managers historically have not been as proactive as either C-suite executives or new hires because they’ve been at a place in their careers where there have been more opportunities in the market for either junior or very senior-level candidates. But a middle-level manager who wants to make a move up the corporate ladder should proceed more strategically and start taking steps toward that goal a year ahead of time,” says Kathy Harris, managing director of Harris Allied. “One of the most important things he or she can do is to work now toward closing the gap in responsibilities between one’s current role and the role they are aspiring to.”
Harris says there could be gaps in budgetary responsibility, the size or development of the team, or the geographic range of responsibility, among other things. “Middle managers should also take purposeful steps to become current with all of their projects and try to take on bigger initiatives,” Harris advises.
“One of the big questions these jobs seekers should be asking is ‘What is my big win?’, ‘What is going to be my big calling card?’ If you do not have one, then take some time to get noticed on a big project or learn about emerging trends in your industry before you actually embark on your search,” Harris says.
Harris advises that middle managers looking to make a jump up the corporate ladder take the following steps:
“Most importantly, I tell candidates to step into the role that they really want. While you may have to comprise on some aspects of a new job, keep your eye on the ball in terms of the kind of work you want to be doing or the type of company you want to work for. Ultimately, it’s not the money or the commute but rather those more intangible aspects of a job that make people want to stay or leave a job,” Harris says.
About Harris Allied
Harris Allied provides premier executive search, technology and quant analyst placement services to the financial services, professional services, consumer goods, digital media and tech industries. The firm represents clients who are at a variety of growth stages: from tech start-ups to established industry leaders. Harris Allied’s client-centric approach allows the firm to objectively assess the strengths of qualified candidates and thoughtfully match them with the right opportunities.For more information visit http://www.harrisallied.com. To view Harris Allied’s corporate video, “For Each of Us, It Starts with a Moment,” visit http://www.youtube.com/harrisallied.