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  • CREATE THE POSITION YOU WANT

    Jeremy Park , CREATE THE POSITION YOU WANT

    There is always more than one way to get where you want to go.  In today’s hyper-connected world where access to myriad people, information, and opportunities are at our fingertips, we no longer have to follow the “yellow brick road” to find success in our careers and fulfillment in our lives.  

    With enough time and dedication, we can teach ourselves new skillsets like playing the guitar, making movies, and building websites.  We can increase our corporate value, but more importantly, we can now fully control our personal brand, build our own powerful sphere of influence, and take hold of our destiny.   

    This heightened power, combined with technology blurring the lines between job and family time, is re-shaping expectations.   Employees, faced with limited time to balance work and life, are now looking for meaning to be woven into the workplace.  So, in order to attract and retain the best talent, organizations now must provide purpose and community engagement as a part of the routine.   

    Most companies are sales-driven, expecting instant results, and faced with having to do more with less.  Corporate engagement rarely has an immediate or easily measured outcome, so it takes someone with vision, creativity, and passion to turn giving back into a full-time job.

    If you have a heart of service or desire something different with your career, start taking the initiative to volunteer or lead projects that take you in that direction.  Companies love to be associated with positive news and outcomes.  If something starts to become successful, you will be surprised how quickly your responsibilities will shift.   Realize, though, that you have to build the foundation on your own, usually on your own time, before someone will give you the full-time opportunity.  

    I have many friends who took it upon themselves to create give back and volunteer-led programs with their companies.  They did a great job and built such successful programs that they now lead community relations efforts at their respective firms.  Once you start taking the initiative and realize that you have the power to literally create the position you want, your ability to make a difference becomes truly limitless!

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