John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker LLC
How many times have you said it: “I’d consider a career move for the right opportunity.” But, what does that mean, really?
It’s an understandable position to take. As a valuation professional you’re trained to be open to information about your client, or their industry, that you hadn’t considered before. If there’s something out there that can help you arrive at a better conclusion of value, you have to be open to it.
It’s a short leap, then, to having a similar point of view about job changes that might advance your career. The difference is that not taking time to further define “the right opportunity” can leave you wasting your time considering moves that aren’t the right opportunity or, worse yet, not knowing it when it comes knocking.
You can narrow your definition of “the right opportunity” by thinking about it using the following parameters.
- Engagements. Maybe you enjoy the type of engagements you currently work on, and want to dig even deeper into that category by doing more of them and more complex versions. Or, maybe you’d prefer to expand beyond what you currently do. What would be the “right opportunity” in that context? What would you be willing to do or where would you be willing to go to do that?
- Responsibilities. If you’re not yet managing and supervising others, maybe that would be the “right opportunity”. If you are already managing, perhaps the “right opportunity” involves flexing your business development muscle. Or, it could be that the “right opportunity” allows you to focus solely on being a “doer”, without the responsibilities of marketing and business development.
- 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 be one that enables you to stay right where you are. In yet another sense, it’s useful 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 what “the right opportunity” really is for you can lead to more informed career choices. Once you have a clearer understanding of it, you can get feedback about its availability and use that to refine your thinking. You even have a better chance of creating it where you are.
Contact us for a confidential discussion of your potential for connecting with “the right opportunity”.