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When you join the team at DSS Consulting, Inc., you align yourself with one of the leading human asset management firms in the United States. We mobilize highly-skilled talent in a variety of professional industries. DSS presents you with the opportunity to capitalize on many optimal career possibilities.

Career Development - The Employee's Responsibilities

By Sue Ann Lewis

  1. Know yourself - Know your strengths and weaknesses. What talents can you bring to an employer? Personal career planning begins by being honest with yourself.
  2. Manage your reputation - Without appearing as a braggart, let others both inside and outside your current organization know about your achievements. Make you and your accomplishments visible.
  3. Build and maintain network contacts - In a world of high mobility, you need to develop contacts. Join national and local professional associations, attend conferences, and network at social gatherings.
  4. Keep current - Develop the specific skills and abilities that are in high demand avoid learning organization-specific skills that can't be transferred quickly to other employers.
  5. Balance your specialist and generalist competencies - You need to stay current within your technical specialty. But you also need to develop general competencies that give you the versatility to react to an ever-changing work environment. Overemphasis in a single functional area or even in a narrow industry can limit your mobility.
  6. Document your achievements - Employers are increasingly looking to what you've accomplished rather than the titles you've held. Seek jobs and assignments that will provide increasing challenges and that will also offer objective evidence of your competencies.
  7. Keep your options open - Always have contingency plans prepared that you can call on when needed. You never know when you group will be eliminated, your department downsided, your project cancelled, or your company acquired in a takeover. "Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst" may be cliché, but it's still not bad advice.