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John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC
How often have you said about your career: “I’d consider a move for the right opportunity.” But what does that mean?
It’s an understandable thing to say. As a BV professional, you’re open to information about your client or their industry that you hadn’t considered before. If there’s something that can help you arrive at a better conclusion of value, you can’t ignore it.
It’s a short leap to having the same point of view about job changes that advance your career. The difference is that not defining “the right opportunity” can leave you wasting your time considering moves that aren’t right or, worse yet, not knowing the right one when it comes knocking.
Narrow your definition of “the right opportunity” by considering these parameters.
- Engagements. Maybe you enjoy the type of engagements you currently work on and want to dig deeper by doing more complex versions. Or perhaps you’d prefer to expand beyond what you now do. What would be the “right opportunity” in that context?
- Responsibilities. If you’re not managing others, that might be the “right opportunity.” The “right opportunity” might involve flexing your business development muscle if you are already supervising. On the other hand, maybe the “right opportunity” would let you focus on being a “doer” without marketing and business development responsibilities.
- Geography. This parameter can impact “right opportunity” considerations in different ways. It could be that the chance to be closer to family or friends would make something a “right opportunity.” Conversely, the “right opportunity” might enable you to stay right where you are. In yet another sense, it’s helpful to consider where you’re willing to go, geographically, for the “right opportunity” that you’ve defined with either of the first two parameters.
Taking time to understand “the right opportunity” leads to smarter career choices, whether it means a job search or possibly creating it where you are.