Three Secrets of Every Successful Job Search or Career Change

8/9/17 Back to News

 

If you're unhappy with your current job, you're not alone. A report released by Gallup reveals that 51% of Americans are either unhappy or feel somewhat disengaged in their jobs. Another 16% are actively disengaged in their jobs. Yikes!

The reasons for dissatisfaction vary, of course. Bad bosses are often a leading factor. Lack of respect also contributes. Few people, it would seem, have hit on the magic formula of matching their careers with their natural talents, aptitudes and core values.

Is the idea of having your dream job a myth? Why are we convinced that there is something better out there for us? Is it just our tendency to believe that the grass is always greener somewhere else?



 If you're unhappy with your current job, you're not alone. A report released by Gallup reveals that 51% of Americans are either unhappy or feel somewhat disengaged in their jobs. Another 16% are actively disengaged in their jobs. Yikes!

The reasons for dissatisfaction vary, of course. Bad bosses are often a leading factor. Lack of respect also contributes. Few people, it would seem, have hit on the magic formula of matching their careers with their natural talents, aptitudes and core values.

Is the idea of having your dream job a myth? Why are we convinced that there is something better out there for us? Is it just our tendency to believe that the grass is always greener somewhere else?

I don't know the answer and I don't know why so many people are unhappy with their work, but I do think it's sad and believe that people shouldn't have to stay stuck in a job they don't enjoy.

In fact, I would urge you not to stay where you are if you are unhappy. It isn't good for your health. Long-term stress will make you sick. I know we all have to make a living, but I don't understand why we have made making a living more important than making a happy life.

You don't have to stay stuck in a place you don't enjoy. You always have a choice about how you live your life.

More often than not, though, people stay put because they are afraid. They are afraid to make a change that might not bring about a better outcome. "Better the devil you know," goes the saying.

 

But what if you knew the secrets of every successful job search or career change so you didn't have to be afraid? Would you feel better about exploring your options?

Here are three secrets I'd like to share with you:

1. Know what you want.

This sounds so simple, yet it isn't simple at all. Most people don't know what they want, or they know what they want but don't believe they can have what they want. They've been told their whole lives to settle. Think back to your childhood. Did someone tell you that you can't make a living doing whatever it is you want? If you wanted to be a dancer, for example, or a singer or a writer, you might have been told to make that activity a hobby and get a "real" job.

Yet, in spite of this conventional wisdom, people are using their talents and making their dreams come true every day. The examples are all around us. People who have decided to express their creativity are changing the world by sharing their talents and going for their dreams. Just take a look at this list of 57 examples of modern-day mavericks. These are people who are doing what they want to do with their lives and going against conventional wisdom. If they can do it, why can't you?

2. Understand the tools you need to change jobs or your career path.

Job seekers need a relevant resume that is pertinent to the job they are applying for each time they apply. They need to know how to write compelling cover letters. They need an optimized and completed LinkedIn profile that both corroborates their resume and expands upon their experience.

These tools are must-haves for every job seeker if they are searching for a job with an employer as opposed to striking out on their own as a consultant, coach, speaker or freelancer. They must also network. And they must be mindful of their social media footprint. Last but certainly not least, they need to know how to interview well. When job hunting, you must convince the decision-makers that you are the best candidate for the job.

There are many moving parts to every job search, and it is far too easy to feel overwhelmed. Overwhelm will keep you from taking the action you need to take to make it all come together. You need a powerful plan of action. You must also be willing to execute your plan by taking small steps every day in the direction you want.

But what if you aren't interested in a traditional job? If you want to start an entrepreneurial enterprise, you need to use a different approach. Reach out to people who have created companies of their own and find out how to get started. At least explore it if you are intrigued by the possibility.

3. Put it all together and repeat the process as often as necessary.

This calls for patience, persistence and dogged determination. Rejection is part of the process, but that takes a toll. You will want to give up in despair more than once. This is your life we're talking about, though. Giving up is not an option.

I belong to the camp of people who believe that living the life of your dreams is possible. I also believe, however, that you can only do that if you also believe it is possible for you.

Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't  you're right." What do youbelieve?

Do you have the courage to go for your dream? Do you need help? Perhaps you can't pull all of this together on your own. There are many career coaches available to help you. They know how to navigate the confusing and complex job search process. There are also life coaches available to help you make the most of the life you are living. If you feel like you can't do it alone, get help. You only get one life. Don't you owe it to yourself to make the most of it?


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