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How to Grow Your Interim Portfolio for a Successful Career

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Whatever business you work for, a group of skilled individuals will always be needed to develop new and efficient ways to use their staff to their best potential and achieve company goals.

As job prospects are set to rise, these individuals are expected to demonstrate an understanding of these new opportunities and how they can boost a business. These are some of the responsibilities expected in an interim role.

If you’re looking to advance your career in human resources, the following tips are worth taking note of and will help you to excel and build a successful career as an interim professional.

Ensure You Have The Right Skills

Without the right skills for the job, you won’t get very far in the role – especially if the business is already well established and knows exactly what they want from their interim workers.

It’s important that you have adaptability and change management skills as what might work for one business might not for another. The business world is forever changing and it’s imperative that a business is able to keep up with these changes in order to succeed, thus meaning that their HR staff must be adaptable too.

An interim recruiter will also be looking to test your communication skills. By knowing how to talk to different areas of the business accordingly, both face to face and online means that you’ll avoid any miscommunication and build rapport with your wider team. Being approachable and friendly but having a clear direction of where you want a conversation to go is a desirable skill for an employee to have.

You must also be able to think strategically and be good at problem-solving, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ answer when it comes to human resources and you’ll need to work out a solution that works for both you and the business. If you’re willing to take risks and have carefully calculated each outcome beforehand, you can also show these skills to your future employer.

If you’re able to develop these skills and carefully consider the answers to questions you may be asked prior to an interview, it will make you a highly reputable candidate and make you much more likely to stand out amongst other applicants.

It’s also worth showing how you handle these skills outside of the workplace too, as it gives your future employer a sense of you as a person and how you deal with everyday tasks.

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Expand Your Network

Having a wide network of professionals within and outside of the company not only makes you more approachable and desirable, but it means that you have more chance of being considered for an upcoming role.

Networking sites like LinkedIn are great for this as you can connect with people from all around the world with a multitude of different business backgrounds and see when they are listing vacancies for their company.

Another great thing about LinkedIn is that you can write posts like you would on any other social platforms, so you can alert your connections if you are on the lookout for a new position, which they are then able to share to their connections and so on and so forth. This means you have a bigger chance of an employee seeing your post and looking at your profile to see if you’re a good fit for their company.

You can also expand your network offline by arranging meetings with other teams within your business and being friendly and approachable in the office. This will also provide you with the opportunity to potentially shadow members of staff from different departments and get a feel for their role, allowing you to gain a stronger understanding of what they do on a day-to-day basis.

Grow Your CV

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Having a well thought out, developed CV that is straight to the point but also informative is important and a great way to get ahead of other applicants. Avoid waffling on about previous roles and things that you do on the weekend, but instead, use concise sentences and bullet points to outline your role responsibilities. A CV that’s over two sides of an A4 paper long is definitely too much for a potential employer to want to read and means that it will most likely be skimmed over and some of your key attributes might be missed.

Volunteering is a great way to gain knowledge of a business and looks great on your CV as you’ve shown the employer that you have the willingness to take time out of your day to succeed.

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