Sometimes I like to go back and look at posts I’ve written over the years. One of my favorite posts is about something I call job morphing, a way to open up new possibilities. And it’s based on real-life job & career changes I made happen in my own life.
Job morphing is a way of taking a work situation — any work situation — and not just accepting, but instead finding those tiny bits of straw you can spin into something much better … full-blown career gold. In effect, it’s a self-steered path toward job and career change from the inside.
While you might take a quick look at this list (edited down from the original post) and only see random bits of straw, I assure you that making these into habits can bring all kinds of new opportunities into your work life.
15 ways to open up new possibilities
- Let go of self-doubt and see yourself succeeding.
- Be open to possibilities – even from least-likely sources.
- Stay tuned in to things happening around you.
- Build strong networks — and not just with people in higher positions.
- Let people see who you are and what you can do.
- Step up when opportunity presents. Or look to create it yourself.
- Don’t be afraid to take on new things. Learn new skills. Find a niche.
- Attitude, attitude, attitude.
- Always 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 failures -– stop you. Know they’re temporary and try again.
- Be a go-to person people can rely on and trust.
- Focus on what’s possible rather than getting stuck in what’s wrong.
Not magic, but they can bring change
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 that will transform your career in the blink of an eye.
But if applied properly and often, you will see some amazing changes take place. Each one on its own can make a difference, so you don’t have to do the all — at least not to begin with. But the more you add to the mix, the more opportunities seem to 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: 🙂
[Article updated in 2020]
About the author…
Ronnie Ann, founder of Work To the Wise and Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development, as well as her many adventures as a serial job seeker.
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