At one point or another we all go through moments when we simply don’t want to go to work, when we dread going to sleep just because it will soon be morning and we will have to return to work.
There are many times when we also think of quitting our jobs because we feel that whatever we’re doing does not give us enough satisfaction. We swear to ourselves that we will start looking for something else, that no matter what, we will do something else. But do we quit? No we don’t. We talk about it, grumble a lot, to the point that we drive our friends, family and partners crazy, but we somehow stay in our jobs.
Sometimes, we cannot just quit because we have too many commitments on our shoulders. But what of the times when, even though we are in a position to quit our jobs, we still don’t because we’re too afraid? And who can blame us? Getting a job isn’t exactly easy and spending money is something we constantly need to do. So where should we start from?
Here are some suggestions that might come in useful should you be considering to make that long-awaited change.
Before taking that leap, carefully consider the situation you are currently in. Try and focus on the positive things in your current job and why you chose to work there in the first place. You might realise that if you discuss certain things with your superiors, you could actually improve your situation by making some changes in your job description and/or conditions of work. In short, try and sort out the things that are bothering you with your current situation.
If that does not work then maybe it really is time for a change. Is it enough to simply make a job change or to you need to rethink your whole career? Do you need any further training? There are loads of very interesting courses out there and many which are online.
The first thing you need to do when you start looking for a new position is to come up with a list of reputable recruitment agencies and get in touch with them. Many have very good websites which are there to specifically promote jobs, but you should also try and contact them personally so as to receive assistance from them directly. The classified sections and advertisements in most newspapers, both in print version and online, is another effective way to get to know what is out there. There are also a number of Facebook groups and pages which promote current vacancies.
When something interests you, send a CV and maybe a covering letter, depending on what is being asked of you. It is very important to update your CV regularly. In the covering letter, make sure you clearly answer how your qualifications and/or experience match the specific requirements of the particular position you are applying for.
If there is a particular organisation that you are interested to work with, do send them a CV or call them and ask about any vacancies. Many companies which regularly require personnel are often happy to keep a CV on file for future reference.
When you are called for an interview, it is essential that you read up about the company or workplace. You must go prepared and try and pre-empt the sort of questions the interviewer is likely to ask you.
Wear smart clothes for the interview and answer all the questions as best as you can. It is also a good idea for you to ask a few meaningful questions related to the job itself and what it would entail.
And finally, do try and be a bit patient when it comes to finding a new job. It might take a little time for you to be called for an interview and then for you to be offered a position with the right terms and conditions to warrant such a change. Try to persevere until the right thing comes your way and you find something that you enjoy doing.