Only You Can Measure Your Success. Keep These Principles in Mind

Only You Can Measure Your Success. Keep These Principles in Mind
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Success is all in how you define it. Becoming CEO and making a six-figure salary doesn’t have to be your vision of success, or maybe it is. The point is, you and your family have to decide how to define career success based upon your personal priorities.


Is it learning something new? Achieving work-life balance? Being challenged? Proper salary and benefits compensation? Flexibility? Only you can decide what is right for you.


The path to your goals will be totally unique. What worked for others might not work so well for you, but here are some timeless principles to help guide you in your decision-making process.


Preparation. Make a personal assessment. Establish your “must have” and “absolutely not” considerations. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Then set your objectives and job search strategy.


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Research. Conduct a comprehensive investigation of the employment landscape. What is the employment outlook in various industries and sectors and your desired geographic location? Pro tip: Use MOAA’s Job Board to search job listings across a wide array of all levels and types of positions to explore your options.


Focus. Narrow down your most promising leads. Based upon your personal priorities, select from the best available options. Develop a network of strategic contacts and relationships to target those specific opportunities.


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Closure. Capitalize on knowledge gained through your personal transition process. Be prepared to articulate your qualifications and value. Commit to employers that recognize your skills, abilities, and interests. Remain positive. It is all about knocking on the right door at the right time with the right message.


Remember, you are the best decision-maker. Be confident your career path is waiting for you, then take action, adapt when needed, and persevere to achieve lifetime employability and career success.


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About the Author

Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)
Col. Brian D. Anderson, USAF (Ret)

Anderson joined the staff of MOAA's Career Transition Services Department in August 2011. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force in a wide range of command and staff assignments. Connect with him on LinkedIn.