August career questions answered

August 2, 2005

August career questions answered

Question: I started a new role a month ago supporting 15 team members. The company has grown so fast that I?m now supporting 24, with more coming on board. All the secretaries in the company are in the same position. The HR team have conducted salary research but this is taking a long time to come to fruition. What is the best way to go about approaching management for some junior secretaries?

Answer: I am assuming that the workload of supporting 24 team members is way too high if you were initially hired to support 15 team members. The question is what is your employer?s expectation? Does he or she realise that your workload is too high. If so, do they realise the impact this is going to have if employment continues at this rate. What you need to do is think about what is important to your employer. Start by making a list of all the reasons that now is the right time to bring on a junior secretary. When you approach you boss you need to be very positive and explain each of the benefits that you have listed. Make it clear that you are working very hard and will continue to do so but that hiring someone now is going to be critical to the smooth running of the orgainisation. Point out that by encouraging them to hire a junior person that you can train you will also be helping them to save money.

Question: I’ve been with the same company for over ten years and feel that it’s time for a change. Specifically, I’d like a new role with more creative opportunities, and I’d like to work for a company that I had more of a personal interest in – for example one that manufactures organic products or markets the kinds of books that I like to read. I know that I have a lot of skills to offer, that I have a lot of experience in a variety of very different areas and that I learn fast, but that’s where it stops. I don’t know what kind of job I would be suited to or what’s available or how to find it. What do I do to find a job that will be right for me?

Answer: Hi Juliet,
When I coach my clients through a career change I always start by getting them to visualise what they will be doing in the future. To do this close your eyes and imagine what a day in your life is like five years from today. Be completely relaxed and don?t be logical – just let your mind wander. Where do you see yourself? What are you doing? Who is there with you? What are you wearing? By doing this exercise you will gain greater insight into what is really important to you. Do you see yourself in five years time wearing growing organic products? Writing books? Marketing natural products? Once you know where you want to be, work out how you can use your skills and experience to get there. If you need help to work through this process check out our website or hire a career coach.

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