I changed careers, sometimes back and forth, but now i am settled with my career choice. I was working in Bathroom Renovations, in my family business that i had been working in since leaving high school.
It took me a while to realise i wanted to change careers and in hindsight i stayed in my job for too long, but the moment was good and i was working with family. But i wasn't happy, i didn't like the long hours along with other things of the building industry, and i wasn't living the life i loved.
I needed to make a change and it was hard, i won't give you BS about that. it wasn't just simply changing jobs, I had commitments and loans in place, so i need to work a few things out along with living up to the expectations of family.
The main thing was, I wasn't happy, I was just going through the motions, because it was the easiest thing to do. and i was earning decent money. it probably wasn't until i was 24 years old where i started to take my life a little more serious, and took me a while to break the shackles of family.
If you’re not happy in your job and thinking about career change, you’re not alone. Research shows that being unhappy at work may negatively affects your mental and physical wellbeing, including your sleep, energy level, and outlook on life.
Losing your job is not much better. If your ability to pay your bills on time depend on your wages – losing a job can be downright scary. You can always get some temporary job, cash-in-hand, start a side hustle or even sell some stuff that’s clattering your house – but this is not a long-term solution.
Whether you’re dissatisfied with your current job or got fired – finding another job that will satisfy you will require a bit of careful planning and preparing.
Here are some tips that will help you.
Get clear on what you’re looking for This will help you write powerful resumes and to prepare for the interviews. Even if you’re applying for any job, think of each one like it is the best job right now. If you’re do a sloppy job on your resume, the employers will be able to pick it up.
Get additional training Lacking some useful skills? Try TAFE, online courses, open learning – there are many options available. You can even gain some valuable skills, such as retail skills, by doing volunteer work.
Set a goal – and commit to it It may take some time, so set a goal – like sending 10 applications every day –and work on it until you get the job. You can initially aim for getting just one interview, and do your best to get and win it.
Stay positive Looking for a job can be a full-time job. If you stay positive, it’ll make the process more enjoyable. Your positive, determined, solution-oriented attitude showing during the interview may positively affect the employers decision.
Create your resume Don’t send generic applications, the winning resumes that get shortlisted are those that are tailored to a specific job. Make sure that your application includes examples, stories, or portfolio of your work achievements.
Create your profile on LinkedIn This step is essential, and yet many candidates ignore it. Employers use LinkedIn not only check the skills and endorsements but also actively search for new employees. They may approach you with a great offer even if you’re currently working for another company. Don’t forget other social media and make sure that your online presence looks professional.
Do your search online This is not just about looking for job positions. When you find a job that look interesting, research the company as well. If during the interview it’ll look like you’re not interested in the company culture, your potential employers may wonder why you’re applying in the first place.
Send applications Sending application and never getting an interview can be pretty discouraging. Don’t give up, just keep sending your applications. If you can’t see any positions available, send an express of interest. Describe how your skills and experience could benefit the company, and why you’d like to work for them.
Use your network and offline search Many people land a great job after asking friends and colleagues for keeping an eye on the opening in their workplace. Another way is to walk in and tell them you’re looking for a job and leave the resume with the receptionist – that often works, too.
Prepare for a job interview With the right skills or qualifications and a smart strategy, getting an interview it is often reasonably easy – the crucial step is to win that interview.
My E-book will give you tips on many aspects of preparing for the job interview, from what to wear and how to keep a positive mindset to what kind of questions they may ask. I talk about what to do and also what not to do, which is as important.
Still having questions?
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