The most common question we get is how people can pursue a career in organizational development. Here are some tips which may or may not work.
Career tips for the organizational development crew
Networking is by far the best way to get a job. As far as how to network:
- Check out the professional organizations such as ODHRM, ISPI, OD Network, and SIOP. Once you are tied into one of these organizations you can usually learn about the rest. OD Network has a national careers listing service and a number of publications to help budding OD people.
- Internships are good opportunities to prove your worth. If you have been in one, get back in touch with the people you worked with.
- Seek out opportunities to volunteer in or present to professional groups.
- Volunteering your services to nonprofits can bring recommendations and work.
- If fate offers you the life of a freelancer, maybe fate knows what it’s doing.
Other OD career resources: books
- The Perfect Interview : How to Get the Job You Want – a specialty book that can help you to clinch the job instead of losing the opportunity.
- Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
- Selling To VITO: The Very Important Top Officer – planning on setting up shop on your own? This book will help you to make some sales.