Opportunity Knocks: How to be Ready When It Arrives

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Opportunity doesn’t make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.

Opportunity will never knock on your door, you have to be ready to take advantage of it when it arrives. In this article, we’ll explore how you can make sure that you’re ready to take advantage of any opportunity as it arises and turn it into something positive that benefits you and your business. Let’s get started.

Keep your resume updated
It’s always important to stay on top of your resume. Remember, opportunity doesn’t make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.
-Review your resume for content, style and language
-Update your personal information like contact information and education level
-Revise your skill set for any new projects or positions you are applying for
-Keep a running list of companies you want to work for in the future

You’re never too old, too young, too inexperienced or in the wrong field to take advantage of an opportunity. You just need to be ready when it arrives. Here are a few tips on how you can make sure you’re always prepared. -Know your strengths and weaknesses, your goals and priorities. -Create a plan for what you want the next phase of your life or career to look like. -Get yourself connected with others so that opportunities can come at any time without warning. -Share your story because stories change lives.

Be prepared for impromptu interviews
Prepare for your interview. Practice, practice, practice. Prepare a few answers in advance so you can feel confident and comfortable when the time comes. Make sure you know the company’s values and culture so that you can speak intelligently about what it is like to work there or what kind of person would enjoy it. Research the person or people interviewing you. Find out as much as possible about them so that you don’t feel uncomfortable when they ask a question you don’t know how to answer because of their personal interests or background.

Practice your elevator pitch
When opportunity knocks you have to have a plan. With just one sentence, your elevator pitch can go a long way in getting you the job or the client. Start with who you are and what you do, then talk about your best success story. Follow that up with what makes you qualified for this opportunity and why now is the perfect time for someone like you to do it. Finish by showing how excited and passionate you are about tackling this challenge. Finally, leave them with a call-to-action of some sort so they know what they can do next if they want to get in touch with you or let you know that they love your idea!

Stay positive
It’s easy for someone who’s always had money to say, Just go out and find a job. As someone who has been unemployed for the past six months, I’ve learned that opportunity doesn’t make appointments. You have to be ready when it arrives.
Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been all bad. My unemployment benefits ran out after six months and I was determined not to let this setback stop me from pursuing my dreams. So, I did what any unemployed person would do-I got creative with my time and budget. After contacting every local business owner in the phone book, I found two clients that were willing to hire me on a contract basis during their busy season.

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