We all have bad days at work. We all, on those bad days, wish we were doing something else. How many of you wish you could put in your two weeks’ notice and walk out the door? If that sounds like you but you have no idea how to go about making that happen, then the following may just be the kick-start you need:
• DECIDE! If you really want to change your job or career, or any other area of your life, you must DECIDE to make the change. A simple desire or want to change isn’t going cut it. It’s not a strong enough motivator for change. You must get to the point where you are disturbed. You must get to the point where it is disturbing to stay stuck where you are and painful not to make the change. When you get to the point of consistently feeling like you can’t get out of bed to get ready for work, or if you are at work and all you can think about it walking out the door, getting in your car and never looking back…THAT is when you will find yourself taking the steps to make the change. I speak from experience…I’ve been there! When we feel comfortable in our situations we tend to stay stuck. We think “it’s not that bad’ or “it could be worse” but all we are doing is keeping ourselves stuck by giving into the fear of change. It’s not until the pain of being stuck in a life that we aren’t happy in forces us to make the shift.
• If you have a contract with your employer, make sure you are fully aware of any clauses pertaining to your employment such as length of the contact/employment, acceptable reasons for voluntary termination of employment, non-compete agreements that may be built into or as a separate agreement to the contract, any relocation expenses that were given to you at the time of hire as these may be required to be repaid to the company if you resign before the contract ends. Know exactly what is and is not in your employment contract. It could save possibly save you thousands of dollars.
• When it comes to putting in your notice, be mindful and considerate (no matter what your relationship is with the HR department or management) of your colleagues as much as possible. Even though you may not be happy in that position or you may even be mistreated in your place of employment, you need to take the professional high-road and give as much notice as possible. Maybe you are the only person within 1000 miles that knows how to do your job. Keep in mind that finding your replacement may be an arduous task. It is much better to err on the side of maintaining the respect of your co-workers and HR department/management, ensuring that you retain quality contacts who can vouch for your work ethic and are much more likely to give you a stellar recommendation.
• Get your stuff together. Meaning, begin to clear out your personal belongings ensuring that; a) you don’t leave anything of monetary or sentimental value behind, b) that you begin to feel and believe that you WILL succeed in the field of your desire, c) that you are telling your subconscious mind that you’re ready to move on. When your subconscious mind begins to believe that what you desire is either coming or already here, what you desire will start to appear.
• Submit a formal resignation letter. When the time is right and you’re ready to quit, make sure you submit a formal letter of resignation and KEEP A COPY OF THE LETTER! Some companies require that you submit a formal letter of recommendation. If however, your company does not, it is still considered “good form” or etiquette to submit a formal notice of your intention to quit. It’s always better to leave on good terms rather than burning a bridge that you may need to cross again later on in your career.
• Always prepare for an exit interview. Many companies require an exit interview as well as a formal letter of recommendation. This helps the company evaluate their employment tactics as well as overall employee job satisfaction. This doesn’t mean that you unleash everything that you dislike about working for the company, but it does mean that you are given a professional platform in which to communicate to the HR department or management of areas that they may want to consider in order to improve employee morale, employee productivity, decrease the frequency of employees calling in sick, etc. This is also the perfect time to gain feedback on your job performance from the employer’s perspective, thereby giving you invaluable information that you can take with you to the next position to aid in your future success.
• Create or update your LinkedIn Profile, clean up your social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…etc. Ask your connections on LinkedIn connections to endorse you for the skills you have listed. If you don’t have any listed, then by all means…add some. As soon as you are hired for a new position, make sure to add/update that on your profiles.
Seeking a new job or a totally new career can be scary, exciting and exhilarating all at the same time. It can also be fun, creative, adventurous and limitless if you play your cards right and you tackle it as a challenge rather than something you must do. There are many ways to make job hunting/changing careers fun and exciting:
• Recruit friends and family. Challenge them to be creative in helping you with your job search or career change. People love to feel like they are an asset to their friends and family. People love to feel valued, needed, and appreciated. If one of them happens to be the reason you find your next career, let them know. Allow them the pleasure of feeling like they helped you become happier and more fulfilled. Don’t deny them that gift of helping you.
• Make job hunting or searching for a new career change a game. Create challenges for yourself every day and when you achieve those challenges, you’ll become more confident and feel more empowered, which will give you, even more, momentum to crush your career goals.
• Push your limits. All of us have skills far beyond what we perceive that we possess. Search for jobs that you would normally NOT pursue because you feel you might not be qualified for. You might be surprised to find out that most employers when posting jobs online, will embellish the job making it sound much more difficult or posting past skills, experience or education than the job requires. The reason...it scares off most job seekers.
The sad truth is that many job seekers are more than qualified for most jobs, but because of the online job description requirements, they pass on applying for fear that they are inadequate, when in fact, they may be perfect for the position. This is a detriment to the employer because 9 times out of 10, they limit themselves to getting applicants who may be overqualified and at the same time, they lose those applicants who are a perfect fit for the position. So, challenge yourself to apply for positions that you may not feel qualified for by in fact may be perfect for.
• And, when you feel discouraged and feel as if you’re not making any progress, remember the saying, “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up”.
Happy career hunting!
The Resume Studio
I am a writer and also a contributor for Influencing Entrepreneur Magazine. I am, and have been, a small business owner since 2008 striving to help those job seekers who need to amp up their pre-employment documents such as Cover Letters and Resumes, provide interview tips and tricks, interview [...]