You are about to embark on a New Year and that nagging question keeps popping up. Is this the year that I look for a new job? Starting something new can be scary and not always easy. The reason you push it aside is because you think about it too much instead of taking action about what you really want to do. But if you have decided that you want to make the change then do the work and ask yourself the important questions. By taking the time to figure out what you really want to do, your next job could be the job that you love, make money at and flourish in. Make 2015 the year of making decisions about your career. No longer will you use the excuses; “It is better than not having a job” or “It pays the bills”, but instead “I love my new job.”
What do you like to do? Take the time to ask yourself what it is you really like to do? What are you good at? What would make you happy? By asking yourself these questions, it allows you to dig deep and really think of things that you might not have thought about. There are many jobs in the world and when you give yourself the time to explore your values and what makes you happy you might find that there is a job that suits your needs. Write a list of 5 -10 things that you enjoy doing and are good at. Which one are you most drawn to? Now consider how that skill might fit into a job.
Why do you want to leave? Look at your current job, what is it that makes you unhappy and want to leave? Is it the people, the lack of challenge, the skills you are using, location, commute, and pay? Taking a more in-depth look into why you are unhappy will direct you towards your next job. It might be that you are not unhappy with the work you are doing but it is the Company’s environment or leadership. This question can help you to narrow down what type of Company you would like to work for.
Do I need more education or training? Once you have figured out what type of work you would like to do decide if you need to enrich your skills. You might need to go back to school or get certified. Join groups on linkedin, network and attend meetup groups to find out the qualifications others in that role have.
Who do I know that can offer me advice? Get your network ready. Become active on Linkedin and reach out to old colleagues who can connect you with people in the desired field. Find a mentor that you can speak with and bounce ideas off. People love to offer advice and often ask you questions that you might not have thought of.
What is my end date? Make a plan and consider the steps you need to take and the date you would like to make the change. Do a little each week to get you one point closer to your departure date.
What sort of Companies would appeal to me? Take the time to research new companies in the field that interest you. Find out what the companies are paying and what the environment is like. Using sites such as Glassdoor or Salary.com will help you to find a range of salaries for a specific job.
Do I need to redo my resume? Consider hiring someone or ask a friend to look at your resume. Perhaps it is outdated and needs revising. Resumes are often chosen via a computer and it is important to have certain keywords listed.
How do I sound in an interview? Go on a few practice interviews. If it has been a while since your last interview, you may be rusty. Don’t waste your first interview on a company that you really want to work for. Did you know that Tuesday at 10:30am is the best time to interview? Have answers to basic questions that always get asked in an interview. Why are you leaving? What is one weakness you have? What are your strengths? And be sure you know the latest information on the Company.
Are you considering a job change? Don’t waste anymore time. How would it feel to be in a job that you love what you do, get paid for what you deserve and know that there is a career path that you can be successful at? Upstream Solutions can help you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the job you deserve and love. Together we will design an easy step-by-step plan for quick results. 2015 is your year, so call me.
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