Whether you realize it or not, you have an attitude about your employment situation, your professional life, and your career.
That’s not to say that it’s necessarily a bad attitude. It’s just that you more than likely view and approach your career in a certain way. The key is to figure out what kind of attitude you have then decide what changes, if any, you have to make to it.
Right now, the economy is relatively good. We’re not in a recession, and it’s still a candidate-driven employment marketplace. These are conditions that present plenty of opportunities for professionals, especially those who are considered to be the top professionals in their field.
That’s why the attitude that you must have in the New Year is one that leaves you open to opportunity.
You might be thinking to yourself right now, “Hey, I’m already open to opportunity.” But are you?
Think about this. What if a recruiter called you right now, wanting to let you know about an employment opportunity that might be a fit for you? This is an opportunity that is almost certainly better than the job you have right now.
What would be your response? Would it matter if the recruiter called you on your cell phone or called you at work? How important is being open to opportunity to YOU?
When a recruiter presents an opportunity to a candidate and the candidate agrees to hear about it, the only thing the candidate is agreeing to is hearing about it. They’re not committed to the opportunity. They’re not agreeing to resign from their job or leave their current employer. They’re not doing anything except agreeing to hear what the recruiter has to say.
As a professional in that situation, all you have to do is decide whether or not you want to move forward. And even if you do decide that you want to move forward, you’re still not committing yourself to anything. You’re just agreeing to investigate the opportunity further.
At that point, you just have to decide whether or not the opportunity is, indeed, better than the job you have right now. If you decide that it is, then you’ll probably want to pursue it. If you decide that it isn’t, then you’ll probably decline to pursue it.
The point is that you don’t want to say “No” right away. You want to wait until you’ve considered the opportunity fully and decided whether or not it’s worth pursuing. Then you can say “No” all you want.
But until that point, you must have the attitude that you are open to opportunity and that you will remain open to it until you’re satisfied that you’ve accurately assessed the situation.
This is the attitude that can help you achieve more career growth and help you reach your full professional potential in 2020 and beyond.
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