As we grow and develop on and off the job, we end up with skills and talents that aren't called for in our current positions. How do we apply these talents in a way that will benefit both our careers and our enterprises? Here are some suggestions:
Make your desires known. If you haven't discussed a professional development plan with your superiors, do so now. Make known that you want to expand your role within the enterprise to best use your talents. Identify the career path within the organization that will take you there. Is it a realistic one? Has anyone done it before? Introduce yourself to the managers who oversee departments where your skills are most needed. Offer to pitch in and take on occasional projects when needed.
Re-present yourself. Sometimes employees don't have the chance to utilize the full range of their talents because they're "too valuable" in their current positions. If this describes your situation, consider "re-introducing yourself" to your company. Look at changing your image, even your wardrobe, to create a new impression on superiors.
Volunteer and network. Look for informal opportunities to use your skills, on and off the job. Find or form an interest group of employees within your enterprise. Volunteer on organization-wide projects that allow you to broaden your reputation. Get involved in professional associations and networks. Or simply write a proposal, draft a plan or produce a work project on your own to show what you can do. And always be sure to document your accomplishments.