Even in these tough economical times employment opportunities are out there and you don’t have to stay with the job that you dislike. The average working week is around 40 hours or more therefore, being unhappy at work is being unhappy for significant portion of your lifetime. Granted, the opportunities for employment at the current time are few and far between but this is also a very good chance to consider your pathway to a new job you’ve always dreamt of.
Firstly, diagnose why you are unhappy. It’s not really sufficient to switch your career just because you are ‘unhappy’ in your current employment, you need to first define from where your unhappiness derives. There really needs to be a longing for something in order for you to action a positive direction in your life. Is the travelling getting you down? Are your work colleagues not a friendly bunch? Are the hours that you are working too much? If your employment is not the problem and it is the environmental issues, try tackling them first. A good example is approaching your management with a view to requesting that you can work from home for one or two days a week.
The benefits to any employer of this is that you tend to complete a lot more work when working from home than you do in the office. Without the distractions which most of us have in an office environment taking some work to your quiet home can benefit your employer.
Consider getting some work experience in a different occupation. I’m not suggesting you quit your day job and start working for free just to gain some experience, but if you have any spare time or holiday this could be put to good use by learning about different employments and gaining valuable experience.
Have a think about what your ideal dream job actually is. If you are unhappy and it is your current job that is causing the unhappiness get out some paper and write down the key attributes of your dream job. Consider it as a job description, put down the detail and your requirements. For example flexible hours, salary, incentives, working environment, everything that comes to mind in your perfect Job record down on paper.
Work on your confidence. If you see your ideal job in the marketplace but your not going for it given there are a lot of people at the present time probably going for the same job you need to brush up on your confidence.
Confidence in your abilities and in yourself is what will set you apart from other candidates. This inner confidence can be developed by repeating daily affirmations for example, staring into your mirror and saying out loud “you should choose me because I am the right person for this job”. Confidence is omitted from the outside as well as the inside therefore walk tall and take some time to practice holding your shoulders back and lifting your head and smiling. It is very difficult to not feel confident when you have a good outward looking posture.
If you are working at the present time, continue with your job and do it to the best of your abilities. Now is a good time to have a goal to look forward to however, if in your current employment you become lazy this demeanour will seep into your interviews.
When you are accepted for your new job do not forget what you have achieved to get to that position and keep reminding yourself of that fact.