By Justine Eden, Director, Eden Ritchie Recruitment
Is this you?
You are comfortable and happy in your role but you have aspirations.
You see your dream opportunity advertised.
The timing isn’t quite right.
You weren’t prepared to change right now and thought you might have another 6-12 months to consolidate in your current role.
You feel that you still have a few key things you want to deliver on before you move to a new role.
Then keep this in mind…..
We don’t get to control when things happen, but we get to control how we respond.
You don’t want to have regrets or wonder what could have been.
There will always be things to do in your current role.
You will often think you don’t quite measure up right now, that you are not yet fully formed in relation to the demands of this new role.
What do you have to lose (apart from time) by applying?
I wasn’t ready at 27 to start my own business, I had very different plans to travel and work overseas for a few years. When the opportunity presented to launch Eden Ritchie Recruitment, I took it and it changed the course of where my life could have gone. I don’t have any regrets, it has never been an easy path and there have been, and continue to be, plenty of challenges and opportunities.
We have to remain open, flexible, responsive or we risk stagnation. When opportunities present, we need to take a calculated “risk” and put ourselves out there. This can sometimes mean failure or rejection and that is never easy. So, there may never be “the right time” but what you can ensure is that you are a worthy contender.
Put your best forward – write the best possible application that you can. Constantly seek out learning and development, professionally and personally. Leverage your mentors and constantly seek their advice. Make yourself relevant not redundant and be able to articulate your vision, your fit, your values, your achievements in relation to this new opportunity. Ultimately be brave and embrace any learnings that come your way and apply for any role aligned with your experience and capabilities, that genuinely takes your interest, that both scares and excites you.