Has Your Job Description Changed Over the Years?
For most jobs there is a continuing evolution process and it is critical that the person in that position stay current in their job knowledge and education. How do you know if your job is changing? Here are some warning signals to monitor.
- Have you been asked to take on new assignments and roles?
- Are new hires required to have skills that you do not possess?
- What skills do the job postings from other companies expect for someone in your position?
- Do you pay attention to what is happening in your career?
- Are you in a field or position that is constantly changing and updating?
- Do you receive frequent mailings (snail mail and email) about seminars and conferences pertaining to your job?
- What is happening with your friends that have the same role in other companies?
- Are you receiving warning signs that your job may be in jeopardy?
- Are there things going on in the company that are out of the ordinary?
- Do you feel obsolete or ignored at work?
These are all warning signs that you should be monitoring and questions you should be asking. If you are not taking these precautions; you may come to work one day and get an unexpected surprise.
Have You Been Asked To Take On New Assignments and Roles?
Role and assignment changes are key indicators of new expectations. When you receive “out of the ordinary” requests; do not question the assignment. But do ensure that you understand what is required so you can provide the proper information.
Are New Hires Required To Have Skills That You Do Not Possess?
If new hires are expected to have new or additional skills that you do not possess, this is a key warning signal that the job is changing. You must get busy immediately finding out what is involved and take the appropriate steps to upgrade your skills and abilities.
What Skills Do the Job Postings From Other Companies Expect for Someone in Your Position?
Skill sets listed in job postings are a great indicator of the trends for your job. Are you paying attention to what employers are requesting and expecting? If you are looking to advance or continue to be marketable; it is critical that you possess the required skill set.
Do You Pay Attention to What Is Happening in Your Career?
Are you monitoring articles, blog posts, vendor announcements, and other career information? If you are not, you are missing important signs of the latest trends. You must be spending time staying current. Use Google alerts to get notified on recent published articles relevant to you.
Are You in a Field or Position That Is Constantly Changing and Updating?
Some positions have constant information turnover and you must be proactive to stay current. In the technology arena the turnover rate is every 12 to 18 months. That means that anyone new coming in can have a “current” understanding of the latest technology in that period of time.