Are you unhappy with your current work situation? Do you find that your work-related stress has taken over your life? If so, perhaps you have begun to think that it might be time to change jobs.
Perhaps you feel unappreciated by your current employers. Maybe you feel that you are overworked and underpaid. If you are considering a career change, there are several things to think about.
Job or career?
As you consider the prospect of searching for a new job, this is an excellent time to reflect on your life and your goals. Are you happy in your current industry? Do you enjoy the type of work you do? Do you feel fulfilled by the type of work you do? If you answered no to any of these questions, you may want to consider taking a different direction. Rather than simply trading one company for another and remaining unhappy and/or unfulfilled, why not consider finding a job that would make you happy? If you do not want to do this type of work for the rest of your life, you might consider going to school or acquiring training that would allow you to diversify your work options.
You may have heard people talk about the difference between a job and a career. Basically, a job is something that you are doing now but may not plan to do in the long term. A career is something that you intend to do for a long time to come. Although people in previous generations often worked within one industry for their entire working lives, that does not have to be the case today, unless you want it to be. Many people in previous generations sought careers as a means of providing stability. Many people today, however, enjoy the notion that they can change jobs when it suits them. It is important to remember to do what is best for you rather than what is best according to some societal notion.
Looking for a new job
If you are going to change jobs – or change careers, as the case may be – you should avail yourself of every possible way to make your job search easier and more productive. In this technological age, job searches are not limited to newspaper want ads. The internet makes it possible for you to search the world over as you seek the employment opportunity that is perfect for you.
If you are uncertain about how to begin, seek out employment counselors or similar resources. Many communities have free resources through community centers or other local philanthropic organizations. Take full advantage of all available assistance.
How confidential is your situation?
If your situation is confidential, it can be difficult to resist sharing details of your job search with family and friends. If your situation is not confidential, remember that family members and friends can be great resources to you at this time. Someone might offer to forward your resume to a friend while another person might tell you about a helpful new job search site. This type of assistance can be invaluable, especially because it reminds you that you are not alone. They can provide support, advice, assistance, and more; if it is possible, let them do so.