Deciding If It’s a Career Change or Boss Change That You Need
Excitement for work and general happiness and zest for life are traits that many professionals desire in potential recruits. Unfortunately, that is not always the case for workers. If you’re feeling bored, miserable, and/or unhappy at work, you may feel encouraged to search for a new job. But, before you go updating the resume and job hunting all over again, you should work to understand the core of the matter – is it that you’re up for a career change or just in need of a boss change and/or work environment?
Here are some tips to help you figure it out.
Determine what’s driving you away.
There may be something or several things driving your unhappiness in a professional environment. Determine what that is. Potential problems include general stress, repetitive work, bad relations with your boss and/or coworkers, or a desire for an entirely new career path.
Is there anything you can do to improve your situation at work?
Before choosing to jump ship from one employer to the next, see if there are improvements you can make to the situation. The last thing you want to do is dive into a similar situation with the core problem unresolved.
If you are stressed at work, is it because of the work schedule? Discuss matters with your boss. You may be able to find a solution like the option to work remotely certain days of the week.
If you are tired of doing the same work, are there new projects you can be working on to liven up your day-to-day routine?
If you are having stressed relationships at work, is there anything that can be done to change that? For additional tips to improving existing workplace matters, make sure to read: “Making a Bad Job Good.”
And, if your true desire is to head into another career path, find out if there are opportunities with your existing employer to make that happen.
These are all considerations you need to make in order to determine what actions are needed to change the way you feel about what you are doing professionally. You don’t go jumping into a full-blown job search and updating the resume without knowing what direction you want to head in professionally.
Have a plan in place to run with.
Just because you conclude that a new job or a career change is necessary doesn’t necessarily mean you should quit your job right then and there. In most instances, you’re always better having a job offer in hand first. As with any other job search, it is necessary to have a plan in place to properly manage your time and efforts, because job searching can be exhaustive and as much work as a full-time job. Read more on establishing a job search plan from: “Best Job Search Advice: Building a Job Search Plan.”
For those heading into a career change, even more planning is necessary. For more tips, read: “Tips to Easing into a Career Change.”
The goal is to find happiness with the career you choose, but in order to make that happen, you need to step back and clearly assess the real matter of your career situation.
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