Part of DRL Group’s unique business strategy is being candidate-driven.  What does that mean?  Well, if you are truly a top performer in your industry, chances are you are currently enjoying a good position with a good company, and being well compensated.  You are a superstar, and employers take care of their superstars.

So why do superstars change jobs?  Usually the motivation is assuming a role that is more in line with your current priorities and future goals.  For example, your present employer is headquartered out of state, and you’ve achieved the highest rung on the ladder at a regional or satellite office.  The only way to increase your level of responsibility would be to relocate to HQ, which is not a viable or attractive option.  If greater challenges were a priority, career planning might dictate exploring options with competitors headquartered locally.  This would be a move motivated by opportunity.

Career moves are almost always driven by one or more of the following priorities: Position, opportunity, money, quality of life, and corporate culture.

Align yourself with an expert.  Your CPA advises you on tax planning.  Your CFP on financial or retirement planning, and your attorney on legal matters.  If you’re like most people, your career comes second only to family as the most important thing in your life.  So here’s the question…to whom do you look for career planning and advice?

DRL Group adds value by assisting you with career planning and providing professional, objective advice.  As consultants, we help to define your “future state” based on your goals and aspirations.  In other words…figuring out what you want to be when you grow up.  That’s the hard part.   The easy part is figuring out where you’re at now, or your “current state”.  The fun part is creating a plan to get you from point “A” (your current state) to point “B” (your future state).

If you’re like most professionals, you spent more time on your last project than you ever spent sitting down and planning out your career.

The idea is to look at the road from point “A” to point “B” as a map or planned route.  Then, determine your present position and the direction you’re headed.  Are you on course?  Maybe, but in our experience, many successful professionals still require some degree of course correction.

Why is this?  What happened?

Our typical candidate has 10 to 20 years work experience.  Let’s use 15 years for this example.  OK, let’s turn back the clock.   You’re 25 years-old, and armed with your graduate degree; you landed a good job with a good company.  You’re out of the gate, off and running, and know exactly where you’re headed at 25 years-old.  Fifteen years later…you’re 40 years-old, maybe a spouse, a couple of kids, and a little gray hair.  Chances are that what you want out of life and your career has changed because your definition of success and your priorities have changed.  So…have you made the appropriate course corrections along the way?

It is this type of meaningful dialogue that has enabled us to forge value-added relationships with industry leaders since 1986