Time for a career change

Change is tough!  But it’s also a time to thrive.  I just walked out of a job interview.  One which would require me to move over 600 miles away from everyone I know.  Yes, it can be daunting.  But, it can also be rewarding and exciting.  Maybe you don’t need a change this drastic.  Even small changes can be stressful, but there are ways to combat the fear.  If you’re thinking it might be time for a career change there are things you can do to make the transition easier.  You don’t have to continue working at a place where you are unhappy.  Life is too short.   Did you know the average person will work over twelve thousand days at ten different jobs in their life time?  That’s a lot of time to spend being unhappy!  Most of us are guilty of taking mediocre jobs.  Sometimes you just need to get the bills paid.  Understandable.  But why stay in a position that doesn’t make you happy?  Literally wasting years of your life.

Changing your career paths is one thing that you may want to do when you find that you are feeling depressed and sad. When you notice a big change in the way that you are acting with your family and friends you might want to reexamine your career and how happy you are with the choices that you have made.  Staying in the wrong career may be bringing you down and making it tough to enjoy friends and family as you once did.

There is no reason to stay at a job that is making you miserable. You need to go out there and find something that you like to do and that you can earn a living at. You may not find what you are looking for right away but if you are persistent and patient you will be able to find the perfect job that makes you feel fulfilled and secure in everything that you do.  Making the right career choices isn’t easy, but there is nothing wrong with taking a chance and making the right choices that you feel from the inside.

Your stress levels should not be affected by your job. You do not need to have a job that makes you feel bad about yourself and who you are.  There are so many other things that you could be doing instead of worrying.  Go out there and find what you need so that you can get on the path that you have always meant to be on. It is going to take some time but once you see the end results and how happy you can become, you are going to be glad that you took the time to make this big change in your life.

Ok, you’re convinced, so now what?  First, do your research.  If you don’t know what you’re looking for, do some research.  What are you passionate about?  What are your hobbies?  Make a list of your skills.  Prioritize what you want from a career.  Maybe staying where you currently live is important.  Maybe you need something with excellent benefits.  Write down anything that’s important to you.  Next, go on job posting websites.  Read job descriptions, research salaries and job requirements.  Don’t forget to consider other positions where you currently work.  Maybe talk with people in positions you may be interested in, ask them about their experience and job duties.

Next, make yourself hirable.  You may need more schooling or a certification.  Yes, this entails work, but isn’t it worth it to change your life?  Check with your current job, they may offer tuition reimbursement.  My last job did, that is what enabled me the ability to potentially take the position I interviewed for today.  Not enough people take advantage of these programs.  There are a hundred excuses why you can’t do this, but you really only need one reason to commit, the pursuit of happiness.  Other alternatives are searching for scholarship programs and grant money.  There are lots of options, you just have to work at finding them.

Finally, hire a resume writer.  I once found a Groupon for a resume writer, and was hired on my first job interview after.  Well worth the $60.  Check your local library, they may offer free help with resume writing.  A good resume is essential, this is what gets you in the door.  When going in for an interview do your homework! Research the company.  Know a few facts about the company to show your commitment.  Know your strengths and weaknesses, this inevitably comes up in every interview.  Highlight your attributes by providing examples of experiences related to the job description.  Lastly, have a few questions to ask.  This shows interest.  One question I always ask is what to expect from a normal day on the job.  Put the interviewer on the spot (just a little).  You will stand out.

To summarize:

  • Acknowledge it’s time for a change
  • Do some research
  • Gain the skills you may be lacking
  • Perfect your resume
  • Go into interviews prepared

Remember change doesn’t always happen overnight.  Be patient.  Have the end goal in mind to get you through the tough spots.  This is your life.  No one can live it for you.  If you want better, you have to work for it.  I believe in you, the question is do you believe in yourself?

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