Too many people don’t take steps to deal with the fact they’re unhappy in their jobs. If you don’t like what you do, then you need to be doing something else. Here is the process you need to follow if you’re unhappy in your career, and you want to try something else.
Getting out of the job you hate is important, but you need to give notice. Now, there is often a set notice period that depends on the company you work for, and on how long you’ve been there. So, make sure you look back through the terms of your contract and find out the employee notice periods. Once you know yours you can set about drafting your resignation notice. Make sure you work the allocated notice period in the same professional manner you would if you weren’t quitting.
Now that you’ve sorted things out with your existing job, it’s time to search for another one. Ideally, you will probably do this before you hand in your notice at the other place. The good news for you is that the job application process has become a whole lot easier now. The internet has made it a lot simpler for everyone to apply for jobs, but this has also made the job market more competitive. On average 250 people apply for every corporate job vacancy. This means you have to do what you can to make yourself the standout applicant. There are so many things that can ruin your chances of getting a job.
You must never forget to ask pertinent questions when you go for job interviews. It’s so easy to overlook what matters. Prospective employers will be looking for incisive questions, and for you to show an interest. So, always try to have a couple up your sleeve to use. Have a question about the company or the role itself, and what the future might hold. And don’t be afraid to negotiate when it comes to salary. Don’t forget, during a job interview; you are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you.
The best thing to do when you’re applying for new jobs and having interviews is to be honest. Do you have some gaps in your CV? Be honest about why they’re there. Tell them why you quit your previous role, and why you’ve decided to apply for this one. You should also be honest on your CV too. It’s estimated that almost 60% of employers have caught lies on resumes before. This casts a bad impression on you before you even get started. So, don’t shoot yourself in the foot; be honest and candid with whoever is interviewing you and you’ll be in a good position to secure employment.
If you are a little unhappy in the career you’re currently in, it’s time for a change. So many people are miserable because they settle for careers they don’t really want. If you are miserable it could well be because you hate your career. And, if that’s the case you need to ensure you get out and do something else with your life.
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