There are plenty of reasons you might find yourself in a career rut. Many people need more of a challenge from their work. If your job has become too repetitive, coworkers are driving you crazy or you just don’t see any chance for personal or professional growth maybe it’s time for a change. After all, the best way to waste your life is to work at a job you hate doing something you don’t like.
Finding a new career probably won’t be your fastest route to finding bliss, but daily satisfaction at a job done well, that also makes you feel good about yourself and life is certainly a step in the right direction.
Start the Search
When starting your search, you might feel overwhelmed with the number of job boards and options that are out there. You can probably name the big ones like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Monster and others right off the top of your head.
The job search can be stressful, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an impossible mountain you can’t climb. Your career is incredibly important and it’s normal to feel anxious or nervous at times.
But, there are also plenty of specific job boards out there for a career. These can help you narrow down your search so it doesn’t feel like you’re having to run around, navigating among 500 open tabs on your browser and trying to make sure you’re sending your resume to every recruiter on the face of the earth.
Even with the presence of the internet in our daily lives, did you know that roughly 70% of potential jobs are never posted online? This doesn’t mean you’ll have to subscribe to the newspaper again and browse the classified section, but you will have to start networking.
You might have heard the phrase, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” too many times but it’s often true.
If you feel like you don’t know anyone, venture to LinkedIn. If you’re not on LinkedIn then make free a profile and start making connections
Do a bit of research on your potential job locations and see if you have a connection or a second connection (a connection of a connection) and reach out. Maybe there is a fellow alumni that would be willing to meet you for coffee or lunch and can help you out.
Also prepare to get social on the interwebs! Around 90% of companies are posting jobs on social media, meaning you may already be on a large networking and job platform.
But that means you’ll need to do a bit of cleaning up on your social media profile if you have any risque photos or outspoken comments.
Don’t Lose Hope
Applying for jobs is often a difficult and demoralising process. Despite the stresses and strains it’s important to stay positive and learn from your mistakes. Keep your goal in mind, stay the steady course and eventually your goal will come to fruition.
Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your dream job is unlikely to be the first job you apply for and you might have to wade through a bunch of rejections before you get to that YES. Don’t take rejection personally and always ask for, and learn from, feedback.
Whatever you do to stay focused on your outcome, keep doing it. Just by being persistent and letting your personality shine through, you will get there in the end.
What do you think?
What would make you stay in a dead end job? Do you think changing jobs or carers is risky? What’s the best or worst interview you have ever been on? What advice can you give about searching for a new career or job?
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