Innovation is something everyone at GB Recruitment reads about regularly. Everything from Artificial Intelligence to Quantum Computing and the Connected Home.
So where is the innovation when it comes to applying for a new job?
Many of our candidates are changing the way they are looking at their career. It is now much more common to see a candidate take a more considered approach and include small steps, such as through learning. Some are taking this further and completely redefining their career, how they work and how they want to work.
Why is this important?
Innovation plays a huge role on the way many of workplaces change and develop, and the way a business itself grows. For example, with many of our clients (and ourselves) now using workflow apps such as Slack, Trello or others, there is a great deal of change in the way we now work and how we access information or delegate tasks. Innovation is a constant, and the future world of work will require us as individuals to keep up if we’re to perform our tasks in the most efficient way possible.
What are the steps to innovation?
The first step to doing this is most likely going to be the biggest step. As a potential candidate, you need to take stock of where you are at in your career, the skills that you have developed, where these skills will take you and if this is where you want to go. There are a number of things you can do:
Challenge yourself daily – Developing yourself each day is very important for any innovator. Set yourself a new challenge each day that can help you to interact with new peers, develop new skills and build a greater level of awareness around your abilities and capabilities.
Think differently– Innovators don’t always recreate, they spend a lot of time simply reinventing. Don’t believe that your career has to go the same way as it has been, start to think differently about your career. What can you do to make your career more fulfilling? What can you try to change that might allow you to learn different skills, experience different working environments or understand different perspectives?
Forget the career ladder – The changing world of work is doing a really good job of eliminating the career ladder. Meaning that your expected next role or promotion becomes redundant before you even get to apply for it. For this reason, it’s vital to find a suitable recruitment company that can help you through the process and give you the feedback you need to find which direction might be best for you.
Think broadly – Think about how you can bring other aspects of your life into your career. This doesn’t mean finding your passion and turning it into a job. More specifically, it is about what are the enjoyable aspects of your life that you feel, if duplicated in your work environment, could make your career more fulfilling for you.
Think experiences not just skills and job titles – Success comes differently to all of us, but by solely focusing on skills and job titles you will not necessarily be achieving a fulfilling career. Thinking broadly about the experiences that you have as you grow your career and what type of experience you can have to achieve success. This will greatly enhance your attitude to work, as well as your employability and levels of work satisfaction.
Innovation is not about disruption or recreation. It is about taking little steps to help you ensure that you are still managing your career, undertaking a career you enjoy, and developing the skills that will make you relevant for the future. Careers of the future will be less focused on the title that you held, and more on the broad capabilities that you bring and the interest that you have in what you are doing.
By consistently innovating your career you will not only be supporting your future but also enjoying what you do for your career.