Feeling dissatisfied or unfulfilled with your current job? It is may be easier to change your job and be done with it. But by doing so, changing jobs may only solve your problem temporarily but not permanently. Hence, do ponder on these points before making that final decision to move on to the next job. This article contains links to external sources for further reference.
1. Review yourself.
It is always easy to blame on current circumstances or people when something goes wrong. Take a step back. Write down what bothers you and your immediate reaction to that bothersome event. You can do this with your best friend too. Go through that list and sort them out into two categories: 1. I can control. 2. I can change.
What can you control? You can’t control a person’s action or an event but you have control of yourself. Practice that control. Dr. Zimmerman mentioned that one cannot change, prevent, or delete ‘events’ that has happened in their lives but one is able to control his/her reaction. He explained further in this simple equation: E + R = O (Event plus Reaction equals Outcome). It emphasizes on the fact that you have the power to control your reaction which determines the outcome.
What can you change? You can’t change the person your boss/mother/sibling is, or your past but you can change how you view or react to towards them or your surroundings. For further reading, have a look at Chelsea Lagan’s Things You Can Change Vs Things You Can’t. At the end of the day, if you are still unhappy even after changing jobs multiple times; you seriously need to sit yourself down. Love yourself.
2. Review the workplace.
As time passes by, it is possible to experience these two scenarios at work: a plateau or doing work that aren’t related to your job scope. If you are experiencing either one, it is time for you to review your workplace.
If you are experiencing a plateau in your career development, there isn’t any real harm in trying to discuss it with your boss or HR manager. If you are unable to be open and share about work concerns with your boss or HR manage without getting ‘that look’, it is best to move on. Before moving on, read up on Lynn Taylor’s 10 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job.
On the opposite side of the coin, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”; a simple, well-known proverb yet contains so much truth. Learning something new doesn’t kill you but constantly cleaning up after someone’s work or completing work beyond your job scope may cause you to burnout. Hence, it is essential to review your workplace and take action for the sake of your health and career development.
3. Do some research.
Being prepared is better than not be prepared at all. In the words of Pat Riley, “Being ready isn’t enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change”. With the upcoming new data plans and cafes with ‘free’ WiFis, there’s no excuse for you to not do homework on your field of work.
Read up on key players, competitors, future employers or, companies related to your field or the field you are looking to venture in. Read. You might discover new developments or opportunities which can be a topic of conversation with future employers. Impress them.
Besides that, set aside time to update your CV and LinkedIn profile. Putting yourself out there does increase chances of you landing yourself a job. Based on LinkedIn’s Global Recruitment Trends 2016, 39% of talent managers utilizes social and professional networks.
4. Connect with people.
Honestly, there’s no harm going out there. Try to attend seminars or workshops related to your work field. You may meet like-minded people that may provide useful insights or share their experiences that may cement that nagging thought in your head. You will never know.
In addition, it may be time for you to reconnect with old friends or acquaintances. Ask around, apply for jobs and set up interviews or coffee meetups. But before sending out that well-formed CV, do be prepared with necessary information (hence, point No.3) on the area of work you are looking to dabble in. Being unprepared, that’s unnecessary stress.
If possible, seek advice from your parents or experienced figures. They had their fair share of salt. Listen and learn how to weed out unimportant information (things you cannot control) that may cause you to worry about it for nothing. At the end of the day, as a wise friend once said, stick to your guns and don’t let people tell you what to do.
Decision-making is unavoidable and can be a headache. Know this – once you have tried all possibilities and weighed your options, the final decision is yours to make. Understand and know that no one can force or affect you unless you allow them too. That’s how powerful you are.
But if you have decided to move on, type that resignation letter. Have someone review it before handing it in. Be professional and prepare yourself for possible reactions you may receive when you have submitted in the letter. Remember, you are in control of your reaction. Whatever the outcome, it is based on your reaction to a situation.
These points are based purely on the writer’s observation and none of them are hard and fast rules. Hence, it is your responsibility to decide whether to take in all of these points as a buffet or none of them. Feel free to adjust these action steps accordingly to how you see fit as no one situation is the same.
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