Job Hunting in a Questionable Economy
So you have a job and you dislike it. Have you ever considered the difference between having a job versus having a career? Do you often think, Why can't I find a good job? Millions of people drag themselves to work each and everyday, hating what they do for a living. Sure, your job may provide you with a paycheck each week, but if you dread going to work each day it may be time for a change.
Beliefs That Hold You Away From Your Perfect Job
The main difference in those that are happy with their careers and those are just working is that the former are generally doing something that they love. Consider closely what you truly adore doing, be that helping others or driving on the open road. Then evolve those likes into a career for life. Some beliefs that hold you away from your perfect job can be in the form of assuming that you are not worthy of a high paying salary or have the needed qualifications to do such positions.
More often than not, the things that hold us back are not a self esteem issues but a growing problem that we get stuck in a routine and refuse to break the cycle. You may not feel comfortable changing jobs, but it would be a freeing experience once you get into a more fitting job. Look for jobs that you will enjoy. Consider the daily commute and pay wages and weigh the cons and pros before making a major swap. With the economy slowing creeping back up, it may take a few weeks, even months in some cases to find that ideal opportunity so do be patient and have a positive attitude during your search!
Tips for Landing a Good JobEducation: If you don't have the degree or certification you need for your dream job, find out what it would take to get it. Going back to school can be intimidating and expensive, but your dream if worth the extra effort.
Networking: Don't be afraid to sell yourself or ask your friends to make a pitch for you. Tell everyone you know about your goal and ask them to keep an eye out for opportunities on your behalf. Look for Internet forums or groups that specialize in your desired field. You can make friends there, learn from seasoned pros, and get a lot of free information.
Resume: One of the biggest challenges in getting a new job is creating a resume that really sells your skills and abilities. If you don't have a lot of experience in your desired field, consider doing some volunteer work, getting an internship, or taking a class to bulk up your resume. Remember that things you've learned in other areas of employment can still apply to your new field. For example, being a good communicator, computer skills, managing others, and being a good employee are things that will appeal to any employer.
Perseverance: Don't be discouraged if things don't work out right away. Persistence is the name of the game. For every $10,000 you made annually at your last job, plan on a month of trying to get a new job. In other words, if you made $45,000 a year previously, it should take you between 4 and 5 months to find something comparable. If you are still working at your old job, look at it as a stepping stone to your new, life-long career. Keep working to supplement your income until you can land your dream job.