Meet Domenique Onishi, a Senior Project Manager in our Talent Attraction team. Domenique joined Indeed Japan in April 2019 as a Senior Programs Specialist supporting APAC. She was recently promoted to Senior Project Manager supporting all regions globally, while being on maternity leave! In this blog, she shares some of the steps she took to grow in her career, and how working at Indeed helped her achieve her goal.

When I joined Indeed Japan, my primary role was to partner with the Japan Talent Attraction team, leading process improvement projects.

It has always been my career goal to progress to Senior Project Manager by January 2022, and this was made possible with the support of Indeed.

After a year and a half of joining Indeed, I took on the role of a Project Manager in the Global Talent Attraction Special Projects team which allowed me to broaden my portfolio of projects to span across all regions.

There were a lot of learnings along the way that helped me achieve my goal. Here are the top 5 things that has helped me grow in my career.  

Have regular career conversations

Set up a dedicated time to have 1:1 discussions with your direct manager to focus specifically on your short-term (6-12 months) to long-term (12-24 months) career aspirations. I found being transparent with my direct manager presented me with opportunities to take on projects that bridged knowledge and skill gaps to reach my goal. 

Identify a mentor – internally and externally

Surround yourself with individuals who inspire you – both internally and externally to share different perspectives. Identify someone who you trust, can be open with and who inspires you with a purpose. My mentors included a senior leader in my immediate team, and a family friend who is a senior leader in an external company. 

Find yourself a sponsor

When being put forward for a promotion, having individuals within your company who recognize your contributions, as well as who can speak on your behalf if you were not in the room to share your achievements is critical. An example of this was having my project sponsors provide direct feedback on my performance during my quarterly reviews. 

Raise your hand for volunteer opportunities 

Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs) play a big role at Indeed in supporting employees’ career development outside of their day-to-day roles. To help me gain cross functional and cross regional leadership experience, I led a Global Language & Culture Exchange Program. This gave a ‘test environment’ to try different project management tools while still contributing to my career aspirations. 

Make continuous learning a habit 

Indeed has a number of internal learning and development initiatives that employees can leverage and contribute to. Some of these include Indeed’s Global Mentoring program and Udemy for Business courses. 

I found that setting a goal of completing 1-2 udemy courses each month allowed me to apply new learnings in my day to day role. Some of the courses that really helped me include Managing and Working with a Technical Team for Nontechnical Professionals, Being Strategic: Thinking and Acting with Impact and Think Strategically and Make Your Ideas a Reality.

I hope my learnings will help anyone looking to take a step further to achieve their goals!

I’m so grateful to now be able to continue learning, as a new working parent. During my maternity leave, I’ll be focusing on being a mother, as well as looking into building my credentials to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) examination later this year. 

I’m looking forward to leading more global projects within Talent Attraction when I’m back!

If you want to grow your career with us at Indeed, we have open positions across the globe. Visit indeed.jobs and apply now.