Are you satisfied with your current job? If you answered “no,” you’re not alone. In fact, according to CNN.com, many dissatisfied Americans are quitting their jobs in search of something better. Why now? The economy is starting to rebound, so people feel that they no longer need to “settle” for something they are not happy with. And they’re right. But the question is, how to go about making the leap from a job that is just tolerable to a job that you love? Over the next several weeks, we’ll be presenting a five-part series on deciding whether or not you’re ready to make the change, getting ready, quitting, and finally, landing the perfect new job.
First you’ll need to decide whether or not switching jobs is a good decision for you. You already know you want a new job, but can you realistically make the switch? Being unhappy at a job is certainly reason enough to look for something new, but before you march into the boss’s office to quit, make sure you’re prepared, financially and otherwise. In other words, make sure you have a backup plan.
If you are ready to make the switch into a new career, you’ll have some preparations to make, and the game may have changed a bit since the last time you played. There are the old familiars, like preparing your resume, cover letter, and getting in touch with references; but today, it is a good idea to establish an online presence before getting in the job market, and cleaning up that Facebook page! Why? Social media is not only a great way to get the word out about your job search and make connections, but prospective employers might also be looking at these sites to make sure you’re a good fit. Before you jump back into the job market and quit your job, make sure your social media sites are up to scratch—and appropriate for the market.
Once you’ve determined that there is a better job out there for you, this is the next, and often most difficult step: Quitting. Many people find it difficult to leave a job without something definite already lined up. Others feel more motivated to find that dream job when they don’t have the safety net of a current job. It really just depends on your preference and financial situation, but no matter when you quit, be sure to leave your job on the best terms possible, give notice, work hard until the end, and generally, don’t aggravate your boss or other employees (so no screaming or rude gestures!)
Taking on a New Job
And finally, you’re ready to take on that dream job. Well, once you get it, of course. Preparing your resume, references, and even social media pages are important tools in landing that first interview, but getting in the door is just the beginning. Success in an interview depends on everything from how you look to how you speak. Once you do land the perfect job, don’t get too comfortable. Remember, just because you got the job, doesn’t mean you will keep it. So keep working hard!
To Be Continued…
Are you thinking about switching from your current job to a new one? Have you recently? Comment below and tell us about your experiences!
Also, don’t forget to stop by next week for the next installment of our series, on how to decide if switching jobs is right for you.