It’s a fact that there are more employees wanting to fill the top spots than there are actual spots available. That being said, confining our view of what “career advancement” means to a straightforward rising through the ranks is too simple – not only because people’s careers rarely look like a straight upward shot, but also because many people want more flexibility than that would allow.
That’s why creating transparency around how employees might chart their career path through your organization is so important.
Ensuring the success of a self-directed career development program in your organization goes beyond encouraging employees to be constantly assessing themselves – their values, working styles, skills, career goals, and network. If you’re to have a dialogue with them in any way about their career at your organization, you must be transparent about the required skill sets, competencies, and general career path for job roles and positions in your organization.
After all, if there’s no transparency around not only what’s available now, but also what employees aspire to achieve in the next 10 years, there’s no way for your employees to figure out how to direct their career in the organization.
According to a PwC report, two-thirds of CEOs say that it’s more likely that talent in their organization will come from internal promotions in the future. If you’re currently ignoring “the hidden job market” at your organization, it’s time make it a priority instead.
By doing so, you’ll also be opening up positive opportunities for recruitment from within your organization such as:
The combination of these two initiatives – recruitment and self-directed career development – allows your recruiters to work at a quicker pace with lower budget.
Promoting and/or hiring from inside your organization is win/win for everyone: you get an employee who is already understands your company culture and what the job role they’re taking on entails, and they get to advance their career in the direction they want.
Ultimately, the hidden job market is going to exist in your organization whether you cultivate or take advantage of it or not – the question is, why wouldn’t you?