I work with professionals who find themselves in the middle of changing jobs or even careers. Sometimes it is a matter of choice. Frequently it is more by chance that feels like bum luck.
You may, at some point, find yourself needing to look for a new job; and that is fine as long as you know what you want to do. Too often, however, I run into people who are not at all sure what it is for which they are looking!
Consider whether you would take off on a trip without having some destination in mind. Sound ridiculous? Maybe so, but you might be shocked (or maybe you wouldn't be) to learn how many people are between jobs and they have no clue as to what it is they want to do.
For some, any job will do. I get that. We all need to eat, and somehow or the other, the rent needs to get paid. Taking any old job will NOT do, however, if you are looking for anything that even remotely resembles job satisfaction or long-term professional growth.
Are you currently looking for your next job?
If you are currently looking for a job, my best advice is to gain clarity as soon as possible around what your strengths are.
You can check out the many online resources that might assist you in gaining some idea of what a "real" job search entails. Finally, don't be fearful or sceptical of the help a job search coach or career transition coach can offer. J.T. O'Donnell, owner of CareerHMO, the company with which I partner as an Independent Coach is fond of saying that "Every job is temporary, and no one should job search alone." I happen to agree with her 100% despite this you still need to have a destination in mind when searching for your next job.
Job-hunting has changed dramatically in just the last few years. Mid-career professionals (not to exclude the Millenials who may also find job hunting challenging) are often totally overwhelmed with the amount of information that is required of them to learn. They need to understand how to navigate Applicant Tracking Systems, deal with recruiters, get their resumes right, and make sure their LinkedIn profiles are optimized.
If you are looking for work, get support. There is no shame in asking a professional for assistance as you job hunt, and who knows? You may cut your job hunt short because you are approaching it the right way instead of just blindly trying to figure it all out on your own.
In the same way you wouldn't get in the car and head out with no destination in mind, when you are job hunting, you need to have a destination in mind and a plan for getting you there. You need to know where you want to go professionally, and you need a clear action plan for getting there. "No one needs to job search alone." Ask a friend you trust, a previous collegue or consider asking a professional career coach. You will be glad you did.
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