Phoenix, Arizona (NAPSI) - “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is advice attributed to Confucius and an idea popular with many career-minded Americans today.
With that in mind, Krista Davis, Regional HR Director for Reckitt Benckiser, whose entrepreneurial culture has made it an attractive workplace environment for many, has the following suggestions as you contemplate your next career move:
1. Determine your unique skills: What are your strengths? What makes you happy? What talents and abilities do you have that most people don’t?
2. How do you like to work: Do you prefer interpreting and critically assessing information? Putting abstract ideas and concepts together or taking them apart? Gathering, sorting and organizing information or figuring out calculations? Or matching, selecting and making sure directions and standards are followed correctly? Would you rather work with people, with things or with concepts?
3. Where do you like to work? A small regional office? Corporate headquarters? A home office? How often do you like to work away from home? Do you like to travel? Some companies encourage employees to experience the work culture of other countries.
4. Create a road map: Where do you want to be in five or 10 years? Develop a road map to get to where you want to be and stick to it.
5. Test the waters: Try an internship or apprenticeship to see if the job is right for you and to get your foot in the door.
6. Look for a company that shares your values: That may mean working for a nonprofit or for a major corporation that contributes time, merchandise and money to sick children, endangered species, great art or something else you care about.
7. Work hard: An internship is a chance to show how you can add value to the organization, so build your personal brand from day one. It’s a good move to treat an internship like an interview, and always remember that you don’t see everyone who sees you. Many people prefer an internship where you get to make decisions from the beginning, work with real brands you’ve already heard of, work with a multicultural group of driven people and earn more money for more effort.
Davis’ company is a global consumer goods leader in health, hygiene and home products, the portfolio of which includes iconic brands such as Clearasil, Mucinex, Lysol and Woolite. According to Randy Bolenbaugh, Sales Analyst at RB, the company gives colleagues ownership of projects from day one. The people who work there have an intense drive for achievement and a desire to outperform wherever they focus.
Said Bolenbaugh, “I was able to develop a better understanding of the business early in my internship and own my projects the same way other full-time employees on my team were doing. I challenged myself to overdeliver on everything I did, and that’s what made me stand out.”
The multinational corporation—it has operations in over 60 countries, headquarters in the U.K., Singapore, Dubai and Amsterdam, and sales in almost 200 countries-is looking for highly skilled, ambitious professionals, new graduates and interns who want a fast-paced, challenging and rewarding career to fill positions in sales, marketing research and development.