It Isn’t Owed to You | Career Angles
Do you really deserve that opportunity that you want? How do you know? How are you being evaluated? Do you know?


I want to talk with those of you who, like many of the people I coach, believe they’ve earned the right for the next step.

Maybe they have, maybe they haven’t. And what often happens is that belief that you deserve something from your current employer gets in your way. Nothing’s owed to you. I want toarms wide open hanneke-laaning-a3wR5_LPJpQ-unsplash repeat that. Nothing is owed to you and if they do not appreciate you, you shouldn’t stay. Now, perhaps another firm will give that thing to you that you want– that promotion, that opportunity, that other set of circumstances– but nothing is owed to you. You may think you deserve it, but your current employer may not believe so.

Start by finding out how they’re evaluating you. And whether you legitimately deserve it. Maybe you think you do, maybe they measure you in a different manner.

I remember someone I work with some years ago was doing some outstanding work for their firm but they got distracted with regularity. It pulled them away from what they really wanted them to focus on. It resulted in him spending 40% of his time doing something that they really didn’t care about u in their minds.  

I don’t know what your conditions are. I just want to remind you, nothing is owed to you. You may think you deserve it. But you may operate with a different set of criteria than your manager does, his or her boss does, etc. Find out and then, from there, decide about whether to stay and redouble your efforts in how they are being specified or go elsewhere.




Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2300 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as onCareer Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter for Apple TV and 90+ smart sets.

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