Creating Positive Career Changes
You and I are lucky. We live in a world full of possibilities. We can choose from an unlimited variety of occupations and have the right to find happiness and personal fulfillment in our daily work.
The fact that you live in a free society gives you the privilege of deciding your own destiny. You can just as well determine where you work, how to choose a spouse, a home, a car, or a pet. Your career choice really depends on how much you want to shape your career and how much effort you are willing to make to make the necessary improvements in your life.
If you think about changing jobs, there are probably three reasons:
1 – Personal – You want to change your relationships with others.
You may find that you are incompatible with your company’s employees. Maybe they have different interests than you; or they communicate differently or have a different educational background.
2 – Professional – You’ve determined that you need to advance your career
For example, you have determined that you are not achieving your professional or technical goals in your current business. or that your rise is blocked by someone who is older or more politically oriented; or that you do not get the recognition you deserve; or that you and your company are growing in different directions; or that you are not technically challenged; or you are not taught the skills you need to apply for a job in the future. Or you simply lost interest in your assigned tasks.
3 – Situation – You are motivated by other circumstances that all contribute to your satisfaction in the workplace. Maybe you commute too far away from home every day, are too small in your job, have to travel too much, work too many hours or are under too much stress. Maybe you want to move to another city or stay where you are instead of being transferred?
Whatever your personal, professional or situational reasons, you are motivated by the desire to improve your job satisfaction and make a positive change. You would be surprised how many people do not know what they actually do for a living and how they feel about their work. To translate your wishes and needs into results, we start by evaluating your current position. This is the first step to a job change.
For example, when interviewing a candidate, I first ask for a full description of the activity:
“So tell me, Bonnie,” I start, “what are you doing in your current company?”
“Gee Dave, I thought I told you, I’m a systems analyst.”
“Alright,” I reply. “But would you please describe the following two things in detail to me:
1- What are your daily activities? That is, how do you spend your time on a typical day?
2- What are the measurable results that your business expects from these activities? In other words, how does your supervisor know when to do a good job? ”
I often find that it is difficult for people to find solid answers to the specifics of their work. They are not entirely sure of their job responsibilities, and their lack of concentration leads to stress or counterproductivity. Many employers expect you to know what they want and how to do it, often without giving you feedback until you have been passed over for the promotion you considered deserving. It is your job and part of fulfilling for you and your employer to be on the same page and to meet or exceed the expectations and goals you set for yourself.
While a bit of stress can be a matter of course in any job, having a regular diet can destroy your work incentive and dramatically affect happiness at all stages of your life. When you combine your workweek with your average workload, most people work more than they sleep (or do anything else), so minimizing stress in your life contributes to the satisfaction of life. A recent study confirms this and shows a direct correlation between the lack of clarity of the tasks and the degree of dissatisfaction at work. Knowing what you want is the crucial first step in finding what works best for you. Any compromise you make undermines your goal of job satisfaction and personal performance. When you ask for what you want, you show that you are focused, thoughtful, and confident about your abilities, goals, and abilities. Proactively approaching your work in this way will impress the people you want (if they are the right ones) and pave the way for you to find satisfaction and optimal workplace harmony.
Try this exercise:
Write a complete, up-to-date job description on a piece of paper listing your daily activities and their expected, measurable results. Not only does this exercise help you to understand your own perception of what you are doing, it also helps later when you start to create a resume and tell others exactly what you have done and what you are looking for.
After describing all facets of your job, the next step is understanding the relationship between your job and your attitude. I use the term “values” as a descriptor of personal priorities, as a measure to help you:
* Understand what kinds of work-related activities you really enjoy.
* Determine what goals or achievements are important to you and give you a sense of satisfaction; and
* Evaluate whether your personal priorities are in balance or consistent with your job situation. new position.
Although it is fairly easy to identify which daily tasks you really enjoy, it can be difficult to question your personal priorities. That’s because there are often factors that have nothing to do with your job.
To demonstrate this importance of values in our decision-making process, consider the following:
* A jobseeker can decline a position because he was an amateur athlete and did not like the air quality in which my client company was located.
* A candidate who was a long-distance runner. He took a position, especially because his new boss was also a runner and knew he had to work twice a year to run the marathons in New York City and Boston.
* An engineer who took a job at a company that offered him a demotion because he was uncomfortable with his current employer’s department.
The topic here is that we each have very personal motivations that determine our career choice. It is important to prioritize and publicize them.
Now that you know how to clearly define your values, the next step is to describe the changes you want to make to your new job. To further illustrate how Pat, Craig, and Neil talk about their situations, and how they take their values into account:
“I would like to have more autonomy at work, which would mean that I have a flexible schedule and work every day at my discretion at different times, without having to ask for permission.” I could leave earlier Thursday to take my daughter to her bring. ” In return, I would be willing to work at home for several hours in the evenings and on weekends and access the database in my department via my modem modem. I can make a significant contribution to the workload at all times, day and night. Most importantly, I’m judged by my performance, not by the number of hours I beat at one o’clock. ”
“I would prefer to work closer to my home, and when I joined the company two years ago, I did not think the time I spent commuting was very important, but now it’s really up to me, Sitting around for an hour a day Not only is it nerve-wracking to deal with all the madmen on the freeway, I could also use the commute time to be with my family when I find a similar job like now within minutes of home could make me happy. ”
“I’m interested in my own professional advancement, so if I stay in this company for too long, I’ll technically corner myself and never exhaust my potential, the people here are nice, but I do not share their attitude to life: look at Ed He’s been here for 17 years and although he’s a really solid engineer, he does not know any of the latest technological developments and would find it hard to find another job in the marketplace I’m worried because I know I’ll be in his situation someday, and I’ll only be promoted when Ed retires, so I’ll go soon, as long as I’m still attractive to other companies, the salary increase that I earn and the ability to build new skills to learn with people who are upwardly mobile and aggressive like me. ”
Someone recently asked me if I helped people get “better” jobs or jobs that make them happier. My answer was that the two were one in one. As any advocate of goal setting will tell you, you can achieve what you want and need faster and more efficiently the more accurately you can communicate what you are looking for.
Another consideration is, if you look at your career from a purely strategic point of view, I could give you four important reasons why it makes sense to change jobs three times in the same or a similar industry during the first ten years of employment:
1 – A job change gives you a broader experience base:
After about three years you have learned most about your work. As a result, over a period of ten years you gain more experience with “three times 90 percent” than with “one hundred percent”.
2 – A varied background creates greater demand for your skills:
Experience depth means that you are more valuable to a larger number of employers. Not only are you familiar with the product, service, procedures, quality programs, inventory system, etc. of your current company. You bring the expertise you have gained from your previous employment with other companies.
3 – A job change leads to an accelerated transportation cycle:
For example, a change can change you from project engineer to senior project engineer. or national sales manager to vice president of sales and marketing.
4 – More responsibility leads to more earning power:
A promotion is usually accompanied by a salary increase. And as you get promoted faster, your salary rises faster, much like the interest you earn on a deposit receipt.
While the strategic benefits of a selective job change for the purpose of career advancement are undisputed, you want to make sure that the path you take leads you to where you really want to go. In the end, there is little reason to change jobs for more money if the resulting frustration makes you unhappy and distracts you. Not so long ago, I hired a project engineer from a company that offered him a job worth $ 47,000 a year. Later, he confided to me that on the day he agreed to go to work for my client, he had turned down an offer of $ 83,200 from a rival company. The reason? The higher offer was a counseling center for an aerospace company in Detroit – a job that would have led him to a dead end that he considered a dead end.
The “best” job is one in which your values are most effectively satisfied. If career growth and advancement are your primary goals and they are represented by your earnings, then the job that pays the most money is often the “better” job. When you think about a change, you need to evaluate what matters most to you. Whether you focus on a single aspect of your job (like Pat, Craig, and Neil) or the entirety of the job you want to improve, the more clearly you connect your values to your work, the better job satisfaction potential ,