The One Thing You Can Control in 2023

be-readyIn my last Note From Mark of the year I wanted to leave you with the most important message I could. When you get down to it, the number one thing I want you to remember to start 2023 is to always be ready. Our career strategists and coaches preach this with everyone they work with, because you simply cannot do better, be better, or go to better places if you aren’t ready.

We’ve gone through the Great Resignation and a Great Reimagination of what work could look like. We don’t know what’s in store for us in the new year, but there’s no need to be afraid and trapped by the macro view. You only need one job, one opportunity. Make sure you’re ready for it!

The economic uncertainty around us is a breeding ground of opportunity. In the tech world, all the layoffs will prompt the next wave of innovation and new startups. For established companies in any industry, when things go badly is when boards look to change the CEO. This is a climate in which not all roads are open, but many are. For those who are ready, they will find roads open and bridges to new places they hadn’t even realized were possibilities – all because they were ready when the opportunity presented itself.

Time and again in my 30+ years working in the executive search industry, I have heard from executives and coaches who shared stories about pouncing on an opportunity. The common thread in these stories has always been that they were ready. They never told themselves, “Now’s not a good time” or “I need to get my resume updated first.” They already had their mind open and resume ready to share.

They also knew how to talk about their value, not what they did in the past, their value for the future employer. The one thing you can control in 2023 is your Value Story, and you can use that to change what’s around you into your Next Great Next.

Let me know if you want some help!


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Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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