In the current job market, there are plenty of employment opportunities and chances for career advancement. The key is to somehow uncover those opportunities and then take advantage of them.
The best way in which to accomplish this is to expand what’s called your “sphere of opportunity.” This is different than your “sphere of influence,” which refers to your ability to influence people and situations around you.
Instead, your “sphere of opportunity” refers to your ability to create as many opportunities for yourself as possible. Ironically, this is often determined by the number of people you know and the number of situations with which you come into contact.
This is primarily why attending industry events is one of the best things you can do when attempting to climb the career ladder. That’s because when you go to a conference or convention, you’re both meeting more people and exposing yourself to a wider variety of situations, both personally and professionally. Career advancement is not just about what you know, it’s about who you know, as well.
As we’ve discussed before in this blog, engaging in continuous education is critical for those interested in the advancement of their career. Regardless of the extent of your formal education, the knowledge that you accumulate after that largely defines the scope and trajectory of your career.
Networking events provide numerous opportunities for you to accumulate that knowledge, and depending upon the event, that knowledge can take many forms. It could be fieldwork, it could be formal classroom training, or it could be cooperative study.
However, the manner in which the information is communicated is inconsequential. What isn’t inconsequential is the fact that industry trends and developments change every year, and failure to stay on top of them could prove to be disastrous in terms of your career.
Networking plays a huge role in the growth and development of a healthy career. This is one of the most effective ways in which to expand your “sphere of opportunity.” You never know which direction a conversation with a colleague will take. You might discover a great opportunity you never knew about simply because you struck up a conversation and took the time to network.
Of course, industry events are prime locations for networking. You can renew old acquaintances and also build new relationships with other people who share your interests or are also involved in your particular line of work.
Here’s the interesting part of the “who you know” equation. Who you know can also positively contribute to what you know. That’s because although you can glean a great deal of knowledge from the formal training that occurs at conferences, the knowledge transfer that takes place in between and even after sessions is just as valuable, and in some cases, even more so.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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