By Liam Horan, Career Coach, Sli Nua Careers
Q: I went for a big job in-house – and got it. Gulp. It’s a step-up in terms of the responsibilities, the budget, the number of people I will manage, and the expectations. Any general tips on how I should approach the position?
A: Congratulations. And to think that a month or two ago nothing mattered more than the CV and the interview – now a whole new set of challenges presents itself.
This wouldn’t be my area of expertise but my research led me to an article published recently by the Harvard Business Review. They adapted the article from a book you should consider getting your hands on: A Checklist for Someone About to Take on a Tougher Job by Ed Batista.
Interestingly, a key point they make is that the more senior the role, the less structured the process of bringing people on board. This can prove challenging. “The key,” according to the Harvard Business Review, “is to take responsibility for it yourself.”
Their recommendation is to ask the following questions of yourself:
- What do I need to do in the first week? The first 30 days? The first quarter?
- Who do I need to meet, and what’s the best way to connect with them?
- What don’t I know – and what will I be expected to know?
- If I find myself struggling, how will I ask for help or guidance?
Batista urges all rising professionals to continue to take responsibility for their own professional development. “High-performers often enjoy the benefit of managers who steer us toward developmental opportunities and mentors who take a special interest in our growth. But the higher we rise, the less we can depend on someone more senior to guide us,” he says.
Liam Horan is a Career Coach with Sli Nua Careers Ltd. You can read more blogs from Sli Nua Careers coaches HERE, and make a booking for CV Preparation and Interview Training.