A common phenomenon among creative professionals who work in companies large or small is the sigh of frustration that says: “I am better than this, I have so much to offer that isn’t being utilized, I am not getting the best projects, I am better than those other guys, management is doing it all wrong. I have to get out of here and find another gig.”
But do you really have to quit? I have seen many examples of people finding what they looking for right under the same roof.
It is easy to get lost in the day to day of your own particular minutiae and not be able to see that what you have to offer would in fact actually be most valuable within the larger organization. You are only aware of your immediate superior and co-workers, but there is so much else in the company going on – other clients, other managers, other groups – locally and often in a larger global network of related firms. The opportunity you need might be hiding right next to you.
So lift your eyes from your daily round and before you look outside your company, look at what opportunities there might be closer to hand. Or what opportunities you might create for yourself within the organization. Management and HR always prefer to recruit from people they already know and trust – it’s cheaper and they are working with a known quantity.
Importantly, bear in mind that complaining about your current situation will not help you in this quest – so keep focused and stay in the good graces of people who can eventually help you in this effort.
You will of course have to make the case that you have what it takes to move to this new position – but you know how to do that, right? You can work your internal connections to learn more about the possibilities and then – just as you would network on the street – you can use those connections to help you get to the right people to make your case. Don’t assume that they will dismiss you.
Unless of course you just go whining that you are not satisfied. Don’t do that. But do – as always – understand what you bring to the table and project where the business is heading and make the case that you are the woman or man to make it happen.
This can ultimately be a whole lot easier than getting yourself inside some other company from scratch – and the ramp up time for you and for the smart manager who can claim that she talent spotted you in the cafeteria can be short and efficient.
* Artist: Liu Bolin. Hiding in the City – Mobile Phone. 2012