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The #1 Career Mistake Capable People Make

The #1 Career Mistake Capable People Make
I recently reviewed a resume for a colleague who was trying to define a clearer career strategy. She has terrific experience. And yet, as I looked through it I could see the problem she was concerned about: she had done so many good things in so many different fields it was hard to know what was distinctive about her. As we talked it became clear the resume was only the symptom of a deeper issue. In an attempt to be useful and adaptable she has said yes to too many good projects and opportunities. She has ended up feeling overworked and underutilized. Step 1: Capable people are driven to achieve. Step 2: Other people see they are capable and give them assignments. Step 3: Capable people gain a reputation as "go to" people. When this happens, some of the responsibility lies with out-of-touch managers who are too busy or distracted to notice the very best use of their people. We followed a simple process similar to one I write about here: If You Don’t Design Your Career, Someone Else Will.

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