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Setting Yourself Up for Success

"There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only scarcity of resolve to make it happen."– Wayne Dyer, author and motivational speaker

How does this quote sound to you?

If you've ever struggled to find a job, or have missed out on an opportunity to advance your career, this may not quite "ring true."

If you want to change roles or get ahead in your career, it's important that you know how to identify and pursue opportunities that are a good match for your interests, skills, and circumstances.

This takes time. You can think of the process of finding opportunities as a journey that will eventually lead you to an exciting but unknown destination. You need to be patient, and persist in your efforts.

That said, work that you put in now will pay off in the future. Not only will you end up in a role that's right for you, but you'll have a good understanding of your options. What's more, people will think of you when new openings come up, and you won't waste time pursuing the wrong opportunities.

You'll also have a better understanding of where you need to build new skills – and develop existing ones – to be successful in your career.

Key Points

It is well worth taking the time to investigate career opportunities within your organization or industry. By doing this, you can discover opportunities that are perfectly matched to your interests or skills, find out about promotions and job openings before anyone else, and identify ways of expanding your knowledge and skills.

To spot career opportunities, follow these steps:

  1. Have the right mindset.
  2. Seek opportunities.
  3. Identify your strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Identify other factors that are important to you.
  5. Narrow your choices.
  6. Prepare, and take action.

Keep in mind that finding great opportunities is an ongoing process, not a destination! Keep your eyes and mind open, and be patient and persistent. You never know what doors will open for you when you start looking!