Sometimes I like to go back and look at what I’ve written over these past 3+ years (eeek!) since I’ve been blogging about work and careers. One of my favorite posts – although admittedly not my biggest traffic-getter – is about something I call job morphing. Job morphing is a way of taking a work situation – any work situation – and not just making the best of it, but finding those tiny bits of straw you can spin into something much better – occasionally full-blown career gold. In effect, it’s a self-steered path toward career change from the inside.
Although I admit I still work on these almost every day, here’s a (slightly edited) list of career and job tips from the original post:
20 Career & Job Tips to Help Open Up New Possibilities
- Let go of self-doubt.
- Be alert.
- Be daring.
- See yourself succeeding.
- Be open to possibilities – even from least-likely sources.
- Stay tuned in around you.
- Build networks – and not just with those in higher positions.
- Be visible.
- Step up when opportunity presents – or look to create it yourself.
- Find a niche.
- Learn new skills.
- Don’t be afraid to take on new things.
- Attitude, attitude, attitude.
- Do the best job you can.
- Present solutions and/or improvements – not just problems.
- Stay positive and optimistic – but also stay real.
- Be there for others.
- Don’t let obstacles – or misses – stop you. Know they’re temporary and try again.
- Be a go-to person.
- Focus on what’s possible rather than getting stuck in what’s wrong.
These are things I myself have done and continue to do (as best I can) to make a difference in my career and life. I’m not saying they’re magic potions (well, maybe one or two) that will transform your career in the blink of an eye, but…if applied properly…you will see some amazing changes take place. Each one on its own can make a difference – but the more you add to the mix, the more opportunities magically appear.
If you’re curious to see how I applied these things to some of my own less-than-optimal work situations, here’s my original post with stories only slightly masked to protect the innocent – namely me:
Would love to hear your job morphing stories and any other thoughts you’d like to share about how we can create our own opportunities at work and beyond.