Have you ever noticed after those first few months (or perhaps even years) in a new job, you find yourself settling into a comfortable, relaxing pattern? While comfort in one’s job is a good thing, it can quickly become monotonous and, boring.
What if, instead, you were constantly on the lookout for any new possibility available to you? Rather than falling into this comfortable routine, where you’re ‘cruising’ and spending each work day stuck on auto-pilot, you continuously considered whether you are excelling your job, if the conditions are right for you and if you are not trapped in a ‘dead end’?
If you think it’s time for the next challenge in your ever-evolving career, here are some job change tips to help you get started.
You don’t have to work at the same company throughout your entire career
It is very rare nowadays to stay in the same company throughout one’s career. So, instead of waiting to be offered (or forced to change), deploy your antennas, open your eyes and ears and be on for any new opportunity. It doesn’t even need to be in the industry you’re currently working. Each new job opening can lead to something interesting and exciting for you, even if it means changing course and moving towards a completely different career path. Don’t hesitate to call on your network of peers, including current and former colleagues, friends, family and mentors, to be well informed and take advantage of opportunities when they’re sure to arise.
Always choose what brings you joy
Ask yourself: Am I enjoying what I’m doing today? Does it still excite me? Are there still surprises, new things to learn or discoveries to be made? These reflective questions are important to ask every day. The answers will inform you on whether or not you should stay in your current position. For new opportunities you’re considering, trust your gut reaction when you are reading more about the job or during and after attending a job interview. Do you feel light and excited, or heavy and contracted? Remember, you don’t want to shift from one disheartening job to another.
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Laurence Favier is a Joy of Business facilitator and highly experienced corporate executive. After more than 30 years in senior IT roles, particularly in project management and operations, Laurence made a conscious decision to adopt a more fulfilling and nurturing approach to work and impending retirement. Find out more about Laurence Favier here.