Bored and frustrated in your current job? Looking for a new direction?
Unless you really enjoy what you are doing, at some point in your job or career you will find that you yearn for something new. Most people starting out are usually excited but mostly relived to land their first job. Their thoughts are likely to be on what it will be like to work for the company that has just hired them and where and how they will “fit in” to the organization. As you grow in to the job you may find that the initial challenges that you faced with excitement have become everyday mundane tasks. Perhaps it’s time to think about moving on.
What you need to consider
There are a number of important components that you should be aware of while searching a new job. The first key component is ‘You’. Your ideal job should be something you like doing so ask yourself will this job give me a sense of accomplishment? Is it pleasurable to be doing the daily activities associated with this post? What makes you happy when you are working is major component that can make you more productive and help you achieving your career goals.
Other components include your skills, interests, abilities, motivations and your previous experiences. Your next job should align with things you have discovered you like doing to get a sense of accomplishment and keep you motivated.
Find out what you like doing
While searching for a job, it is important that the job you are looking for is not just means for you to earn more money. Although this is high on most people’s search criteria. You should also make sure that it allows you to utilize your skills, interests and your personality traits. Before surfing through internet for your ideal job, consider completing some career based quizzes to help you find your strengths and areas for improvement. Generally, these quizzes contain important questions that are designed to help you find out what you like and don’t like doing as well as what you are good at.
Found something you like doing? What’s next?
So you’ve found a job that you think will be a good fit for. What’s next? You now need to do some research on the company so you can prepare yourself for the interview and selection process. Your education, skill and experiences make you eligible for this job but interviews are the main hurdle which you have to overcome proficiently. Questions which are usually asked during an interviews revolve mostly around you. Why you want this job? What makes you different? Why should they hire you? In more senior posts they will also include what you have achieved and how you went about getting results.
Other areas that you need to consider are: What are your professional strengths and weaknesses and how efficiently you can use them in various conditions? What are your experiences and professional achievements in regards to available job? How extensively do you know about the company or institute that you are looking to join? You should be well read and have thorough knowledge so you are able to respond to questions confidently.