If you are in career transition or contemplating it: appoint an Advisory Board and surround yourself with the best people you know.
I was recently asked what I looked for when setting up corporate Boards and realized the criteria are not much different to what an individual should look for when appointing their own Career Advisory Board.
A good Advisory Board will:
- Enlighten you to opportunities you may not think of yourself.
- Provide guidance on strategically going to market.
- Open doors you may not be able to open on your own.
- Connect you with key industry players.
- Provide fresh perspective on what you SHOULD do rather than what you CAN do.
Here are the 8 rules to remember when appointing your CAREER ADVISORY BOARD:
- Engage in a self-discovery process to determine who you are. Your Board can’t do this for you. This includes knowing your strengths, passions and your purpose.
- Identify your goal. Do you want … A job? An opportunity? A partnership? Start a business? Build a business for someone else? At least have a general idea of what you CAN do; your Board can help guide you in what you SHOULD do.
- Identify skill sets required to achieve your goal. When creating my Boards, I wanted to make sure all the big bases were covered: industry knowledge and experience, strategic thinking, financial and legal acumen, access to capital, ability to raise money and networks, networks, networks!
- Pick people who believe in you. To minimize risk, I needed to ensure resilient people were on board; when the going got tough, the tough got going. These were people who BOUGHT IN to the business, the idea, the vision or myself. They were invested either financially or emotionally. A random contact who barely knows you is not as likely to help as someone who knows your work, your character or your values.
- Approach the most successful people you know. The better the people around you, the more success you will have. If they have NETWORKS, even better! And if they have a vested interest in helping you, even better again!
- Set expectations. Be clear on how you would like them to help you. Ask for leads, referrals, information interviews or people that you can talk to. Set clear expectations and DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK!
- Maintain the relationship. Remember that these people probably gave you great employment references and were there for you when you needed them. Once you’ve landed, thank them for any support they may have given you. Stay in touch on a regular basis as these people are a crucial part of your network that you will probably need again one day. Be grateful, regularly touch base and don’t just call them when you need them… or they may not be there for you next time.
- Success never happens alone. You will face many boulders in your career that you can’t lift on your own. We always need something from someone. So cherish the relationships you have with others, do your best not to burn bridges, accept requests for help, and lend a helping hand whenever the opportunity arises.
We know how hard it can be to land higher without a group of experts in your corner so we decided to offer the best possible Advisory Board for Higher Landing transition clients - a remarkable array of business, transition, HR, legal, financial, accounting, operational, entrepreneurial, creative and marketing acumen that offer business advice, career assistance and tremendous NETWORKS, NETWORKS, NETWORKS!
A personal Advisory Board is a critical success factor to landing higher. If you don’t already have your own, we can to help either by giving you access to the Higher Landing Advisory Board, or advising you who would best for your own.
Would you like to become the CEO of your career? Make sure you have the best possible Advisory Team working for YOU.
Jackie Rafter, President