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5 Ways to Create Your Own Opportunities at Work
It's often said that patience is a virtue. At work, waiting for opportunities-especially those that feel like they're advancing your career-can be torture. Counting the months until your next performance review, only to be disappointed if it doesn't come with a bump in pay or title, is emotionally draining and likely one of the reasons the median time spent with an employer is declining.

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Specialize

Every field has its standards. Once you’ve got the basics down, reach for a lesser known—but still needed at your office—skill or competency.

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Embrace conflict

Don’t create unnecessary conflict with your co-workers, but don’t run from it, either. See it as an opportunity to better understand someone you’ll be spending 40 hours a week around. 

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Ask for help

At first, asking for help might sound like the opposite of creating your own opportunities. 

Opportunities are tied to personal relationships. Consider the Ben Franklin effect

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Valuable discoveries

At every company, how management thinks things get done and how they actually get done are two different things. 

But while managers often have good reasons for pushing certain processes...

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Be a mentor

As much as mentorship benefits the mentee, it can also be a professional boost for the mentor. 

Mentoring others develops leadership and communication skills: Spotting strengths and w...

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Share Your Expertise

  • Nothing helps deepen knowledge as effectively as sharing it.
  • It expands what you know. Sharing your expertise means inviting a new conversation. 
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Become a Mentor

  • There’s no shortage of young professionals looking for guidance. Share the hard earned lessons you’ve collected over the years.
  • Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open. The best part about mentorship is that when it’s a strong partnership, both people learn equally. 

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  • This can quickly elevate your professional visibility and shape your reputation as a leader in your field. 

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Build connections

Work on cultivating personal connections with your colleagues, and allow them to get to know you. 

You don’t have to be “the greatest person in the room” or make sure “everyone is blown away by your charisma.” You just need to have good rapport with your colleagues. That way, they won’t impute negative intentions or motives to you.

Listen before you try to persuade

The best way to prime colleagues for backing you and your agenda is to make them feel heard. 

Start by giving them your undivided attention in one-on-one situations. Turn your body toward the other person, freeze in place, and listen.

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