ever wonder when something awesome will happen to you in your career? often spend time looking forward to that “one” moment where your boss offers you that dream promotion that changes everything for you? me too. but most of the time, that moment never comes. so what’s a girl to do? find, go after, and create opportunity for yourself. stop waiting around and get to it! here’s how to find opportunity on your own:
say yes. if you’re feeling lost and restless in your career, you’re definitely not on the right path. you might be in the right industry, but maybe you’re not doing what you’re really meant to do. start saying yes to everything your boss or peers ask you to do. don’t worry about what time it will take or how you’ll get it done, just say yes and then figure it out. I promise that saying yes is half the battle of finding new opportunity. a lot of the time, we don’t really know what we want, and saying yes to any and all opportunities can help you find the most interesting things.
saying yes to your boss also shows him/her that you’re up for anything. being a team player and showing your enthusiasm to take on new challenges is a huge plus. in fact, the only time I ever say no to something is if it’s coming from a peer who’s too lazy to do it themselves or if I’ve literally hit the brink of a breakdown (in which, saying yes would spell disaster).
raise your hand first. this is another key tactic to taking on more opportunity. whenever you’re copied on a thread where someone is asking for a team member to take over a role or project, try to be the first one to volunteer. do this especially well when the task is either something that excites you or is something you’ve never done before. if it’s the latter, don’t be afraid, take on new things so that you can add that skill to your repertoire. once you’ve volunteered for the task, make sure to get right to it and update the team on your progress. you need to show the team and your boss that taking on new tasks is a thing you master and are good at.
look within the boundaries. think hard about your current responsibilities and see where you might expand your work. yes, you may think you’ve got everything mastered perfectly, but think more clearly. think about what you might be able to expand on that role, to make it more impactful to the bottom line or the company goals. there are always things you can tweak or improve on. find things within your role that can benefit from some adjustments, track your changes, and report them to your team and boss (if you don’t show the awesome results you’ve created, no one will ever know!).
finding opportunity is a lot easier than most of us think, it just takes a positive mindset, some creativity, and a lot of hard work. you can do it!