There are so many stages of career development and so many different opportunities out there just waiting to be discovered, but that’s a process, which requires market research, time, commitment, self-awareness and the ability to self-drive. Are you self-motivated? Do you have what it takes to find the right opportunity? Do you have the necessary tools? Please take a few minutes to digest these questions, because not preparing for this career path that lies wide open in front of you, like a mid-west highway is doing a huge disservice on your own behalf. Your career, like life itself is not black and white. Quite the contrary, it is a pallet of many colors that can take you in many different directions. There are so many moving parts as you begin, at any level to look at change and examine what your options are and how you will manage your orbit.

As you begin to push things forward, please know just how complicated the process can be. As a career coach, I can provide many tools to help you with self-branding, how to create a strategic career development plan, how to utilize your network, how to work off your ‘core’ and tell your story in a way that a potential hiring manager will recognize, immediately why and how you ‘fit’. Remember, if you cannot support your mission as an added-value, then you are of no use to the company you are targeting, so be very aware of who you are, what you do, where you do it and will your back story provide what they need. It’s not about you when you are looking for a job. It’s all about ‘THEM’. ‘THEY” have a need and a criteria. If you fit, they want to talk. And, if you do not – they will move on.

So remember, as you begin to work on your next move, whether you are a recent grad, a mid-level exec or a seasoned senior level exec, you have to begin the process at a starting point and build from there. It is not black and white. It is a full blown 3 dimensional, hi-def color screen that offers a lot to look at, a lot to process and above all, a lot to handle. If managed well and driven with the right attitude, it can be a great experience, so embrace the changes you are about to confront and enjoy the show.

Do you have what it takes to find the right opportunity?
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