How to raise your profile
In order to help raise your profile, you need to be looking for ways to support the MD, non-executives and other senior stakeholders. This can be done in a variety of ways such as one-to-one counsel, providing expertise about sourcing the skills required now and in the future and being solutions-driven. Acting as an advisor to the MD and other senior leaders, providing strategic advice and bringing a sense of reality in terms of what is needed from a people perspective to succeed will ensure you are seen as adding value.
Over the last couple of years, the economic landscape has reduced the number of opportunities for new HRDs, as there has been less movement of individuals and organisations have become more risk adverse, opting to take someone who has already had exposure to the role. This said there have been a number of exciting interim and consultancy roles.
The downturn has also given individuals the opportunity to excel, ensuring the company survives despite the tough economic climate. As an HR professional, you need to ensure you continue to shine, as more opportunities will arise as the market continues to grow and organisations start to recruit based on talent rather than simply focusing on experience.
Think about the additional responsibilities that make you stand out. For example, have you implemented business-wide initiatives that have not only improved HR systems but also other areas of the business, such as sales and marketing, and the bottom line?
You have the ability to inspire employees by focusing on areas such as employee engagement, not only within your own team but also across the entire organisation. This creates an opportunity for you to make an impact on the company’s bottom line. Individuals who have shone throughout the tough economic climate and have grasped the opportunity to take more of a central leadership role, are those who will succeed long-term.