Failing to control your professional career is like throwing away your rights to choose your dream job and the salary you deserve.
Take Le’veon Bell as an example. He is pro football player that used to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the end of the 2017 season he made a bold career move that sent shock wave in the media. “What kind of move?” you may wonder.
Le’veon asked for a raise and a long-term contract. He deserved it because he has been one of the best running backs in the National Football League (NFL). Did he get the contract?
Yes and no. Keep reading.
The Pittsburgh Steelers refused to give Le’veon Bell the contract he wanted. As a result, Le’veon left the job. Instead of playing for an organization that undervalues his talent, he sat out for the entire 2018 football season. Crazy, right?
Yes, indeed. But Le’veon had a plan. He came back in the NFL in 2019. He got a long-term contract with the NY Jets Association. A 4-year contract for $ 52. 5 million, to be more specific. The value of the deal could reach about $61 million and Le’veon is guaranteed $ 35 million.
Now, you see why I said, “Yes and no”. Don’t you?
Simply put, Le’veon Bell took control of his professional career and got what he deserved. He expressed his satisfaction by saying: “Ultimately, I wanted to get a long-term contract. And, be happy and go somewhere where I feel valued and get guaranteed security over the course of my contract of playing football.“
How about you?
Now, allow me to ask: Who controls your professional career? Let’s answer and reflect on the questions below to find out.
- Are you struggling to get a job or make a career change?
- Do you feel undervalued at your current job?
- Are you doing a job that is meaningless?
- Do you feel mistreated and disrespected at your current job?
- Are you stuck in a dead-end job?
- Do you want to leave your job, but can’t get a better one?
- Do you feel that you are not learning new skills at your current job?
- Are you competing too much for jobs and promotions?
- Do you feel invisible in the job market?
If you answer “yes” to some of these questions, you might need more control over your professional life. And the best way to gain control is to establish a system that helps you to master your craft and do work that the job market can’t ignore—transforming yourself into a linchpin.
Like I said before, why giving away your rights to a fulfilling and rewarding career when you can manage your professional life yourself?
Want to manage your career like a pro and get the respect you deserve? Shoot the CBL Team an email, and we will help you create and execute a plan to transform yourself into a professional that all serious companies want to hire.
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