It is a new year and we know that a lot of people would be looking into changing jobs, career and getting better positions in a more developed organization.
Yes, change is good but there are times that it is better for you to remain where you are than jump into an uncertain future. As you think of changing jobs, ask yourself if this is the best thing for you to do at the moment. If you feel you are ready for this, then you should know there are ways to go about changing jobs.
Right – so you are ready to change careers and want to find that right role. In order to succeed, bear in mind these following tips:
1. Invest in yourself
Before going on this journey, you should give yourself time to work it all out. You will need a significant amount of thought, consideration, time and investment in order to make this change smoothly and to make it the right career change. There are many key stages and turning points to consider. So take enough time to do it.
2. Get Clarity
Without real clarity about what you want to do or how to get it, achieving any sense of fulfillment or being in control of your future will be very difficult. Therefore it is really important to work on getting clear about what your central goal is and how to achieve it.
3. Create an action plan
Simply knowing what you want will not ensure that you get it. You need to be clear about your plan of action and how to carry out what you have specifically designed for yourself. Set clear achievable steps in place and outline it so that it is broken down into steps that you can work through towards that bigger goal. Reward yourself and be proud of yourself as you get through each stage of your plan.
4. Focus your energy on the task
Being smart about how you spend your time is crucial. Making a change and finding the right role is not always an easy task. It can be tough, tiresome and long. You need to stay really focused and be focused about where you put your energy and effort to get the outcome you want. Make sure that you are in control of the key elements in your life and are able to drive forward with the career and life of your choosing. You will need perseverance and determination to help.
5. Understanding your strengths
Get to know yourself better. Identify what your key strengths are. What are you really good at? What do you enjoy that you are also good at? What skills have you learnt? What are you naturally inclined to do and be better at? Make sure that you get right to the core of it. The more you know yourself the more confident you will become and the better you will be at identify the right role for you and projecting yourself in order to get it.
6. Ignite that passion
Without real passion for a role – it will be difficult to get.This means that you should find something that you are truly passionate about. It might take a bit of experimenting to find what you really like but it will be worth it when you have found it.
7. Manage and improve relationships
This is important from all aspects. If you learn to manage your relationships effectively, you will be able to control the process and transition. You will be able to manage your exit smoothly from your current or old role. Understanding where your old boss is coming from and the impact you have on him/her – and how you interact could really influence how you leave a job. How you get your next job and keep it may also rely heavily on your ability to manage relationships well.
8. Leverage your connections
Learn how to network and harness your connections effectively. This does not mean bombarding people you do not know with emails or adding everyone you can on linkedin. Neither is this picking up as many business cards you can at a networking event and calling that person part of your ‘network’. Real networking is about getting to know people. You need to work on identifying and getting to know those who can help you along your way.
9. Rid yourself of blocks, fears and insecurities
All of us have fears at one stage or another. Many of us keep them for years. However, do not let them stop you. If you are afraid – that is okay just do not let it take over and control what you do or do not do. If something is limiting you from moving forward, you should take the time and action you need to confront it, deal with it and resolve it. Then move!