Did the start of the New Year spark your interest in finding a new job? If so, you are certainly not alone. National polls tell us that changing jobs is always one of the top-ranking New Year’s resolutions, right up there with losing weight and quitting smoking. A fresh new year often stirs a longing for improving our job situation.
So, it’s now one month into the new year – and what have you done to push the envelope forward? Let’s be honest with one another. Natural resistance to change often gets the best of us and, even with job market prospects very promising in 2017, many will hesitate or procrastinate to make a move. If that describes your own circumstances at the moment, then you may want to consider the following helpful advice.
One of the first steps you should undertake when you are considering a transition is to understand why you want to make a move. What exactly is it that isn’t working for you in your current job – is it the environment? the actual work? the lack of opportunity? You need to become clear on why you are considering a move, and you need to write it down. Most often, when we record our thoughts on paper, it results in clearer thinking. By following this process, you are likely to make new connections among what may begin as somewhat disparate thoughts, and you will become much more focused on exactly why you want to make a move.
Once you have clarity on why you want a change, then go to the next step of creating a clear picture (think of it like a future vision) of what you want in your next position. Creating a picture of the future helps us more fully understand what we are seeking. And, the experts tell us that clarity and focus are keys to making successful transitions. Moving towards something – instead of away from what we no longer desire – will affect how you talk about your transition and will improve your entire mindset.
To begin creating the picture, think about your strengths and passions and where they connect. By understanding the intersection of these two, you can begin creating your picture of the future. Taking the time to fully understand yourself and your preferences before making a change will result in a much higher likelihood of success – and it will keep you from landing in a circumstance where you are constantly looking in the rearview mirror.
So, if you had pursuing a new job on your list of New Year’s resolutions, and have already taken steps to begin a transition, good for you! If not, there is still time – so don’t let resistance or fear get the best of you. If you are just getting started, you may want to see my previous blog, “Help! I Accepted the Wrong Job” which can help as you are considering your first steps toward making a change.
And remember, sometimes the process can seem daunting – particularly when you focus on all the work ahead – but it is well worth it when you consider the alternative of staying in a job that is zapping your energy. If you are working full-time, simply plan to work on one step each week. Carve out time (however small) and stick to it! Start at the beginning and with small steps, launch your job search journey today. You’ll be glad that you did!