After working with job seekers for over 17 years, Chris Czarnik, CEO of Career [RE]Search Group, realized something important: When employees don’t see clear paths for advancement within their companies, they leave.
While Career [RE]Search Group was already offering outplacement services for both employers and job seekers, it was that lightbulb moment that sparked Czarnik’s next offering: Internal Career Mapping.
“The conversations I was having with HR managers is that they were watching great employees leave for roles with other companies that were actually currently available within their own company,” Czarnik says. “The employee just didn’t know it because the company had multiple locations or thousands of employees.”
Career [RE]Search Group’s Internal Career Mapping tool aims to address this issue with a digitally delivered process and training program. Participants do a research project within their own organization to uncover which jobs could be a good fit for their next promotion. The program includes informational interviews with other employees who work in those roles, candid chats with managers and gap analyses to determine what they need to do to land that type of position.
The program is designed for companies with more than 200 employees. “There has to be a certain amount of complexity within the company” so workers have enough options and wiggle room to discover new areas of the business and plan what could be next for them, Czarnik says.
“The biggest win here is that it’s virtually no work for the company,” he says.
The employer provides the online class that Czarnik and his team developed and then two coaches inside the organization are trained. But, other than that, there’s very little time investment on the employer side.
Internal Career Mapping is a relatively new program, but interest and involvement is on a steady uptick, Czarnik says.
“This empowers people to feel in charge of their own careers and find a pathway that fits them. That’s what people want,” he says. “They want control over their own lives and their own careers.”