The Sunday scaries are setting in. You’re dreading the week ahead, and wish there was any way to get out of it. Sound familiar? Many people hate something or other about their work, but aren’t sure if there’s something better out there for them.
Let’s face it, quitting a secure job is scary, but the only way to be sure if the grass is greener is being proactive. Here’s how to go about it:
Change won’t happen overnight. Even if you’re ready to make the move, job searches can drag. Don’t give up, even if it takes weeks — or months.
Use other methods of job searching, such as a staffing firm. Sign up with an agency to get another set of eyes on the job hunt for you, and utilize them to help beef up your resume, or to aid in the interview process.
Networking is another great way to put the feelers out there. Take the time to update your LinkedIn profile. Talk with friends and family and see if they know of any opportunities available. It doesn’t hurt to use all of your resources!
Or the delay could be on your end – whether you feel you have to save up some money or work out any personal issues, or maybe just figure out what the next move is. Whatever the case may be, the first step is identifying you’re ready to move on.
As satisfying as it may seem, resigning in haste simply isn’t an option for most of us.
Consider the fact you may need a good reference letter, or leave the possibility open that you may be able to transfer within the company. Whatever the case may be, burning bridges isn’t the best way to go out.
When you think you’ve found the perfect position and are able to score an interview, you’ll probably be pretty excited. Be weary of broadcasting how much you’ve hated your job, no matter who it is. Companies check references, and will speak with previous employers. What you say matters.
Recruiters and prospective employers look for people who are going to build their businesses and reputations up through engagement and contribution; not tear them down. Going into an interview with the idea that you can spend even a fraction of the time ripping into the company for which you currently work (or formerly worked) often says far more about you than the company. What’s more, you never know who your interviewer might know, or even if the company you’re trying to leave could hold associations with the company to which you’re trying to move.
Review job descriptions for the position you want. Look at the education and skills section to determine general industry requirements, as well as specific employer requirements.
Next, Review your past jobs and identify areas where you have performed the tasks listed in the job description for your desired role. When you take the time to do this step, you’ll often find that you have transferable skills that’ll qualify you. And if you see a gap, you’ll know investing in a degree or a course is worth it.