Are you unhappy with your current career? Well, there’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to decipher exactly what it is that is making you blue and make a career change. Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself before starting a job hunt:
- Do you like your current position?
- Do you enjoy your work environment?
- Do you get along with your coworkers?
- Do you have a good relationship with your manager?
- Are you on a clear career path?
- Do you go to work each day (mostly) happy?
If most of your answers are no’s, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to make a career change. It could be that there are things you can do at your current workplace that will improve your career outlook. See how we can help with Activate Staffing’s Guide to Fix It or Forget It.
Activate Staffing’s Guide to Fix It or Forget It
Issue #1: You Feel Like You Are Going Nowhere
Fix It: Discuss the issue with your manager. Ask if there is a clear career path for you. If the conversation doesn’t result in an action plan, start your own plan to find a company that values you.
Issue #2: You Are Happy With Everyone BUT Your Manager
Fix It: A good working relationship with your manager plays a key role in your overall job satisfaction. Even if you love your coworkers, a poor relationship with your manager can make your job outlook dismal. Tell your manager you would like to make it a goal of yours to improve communication for 2016. Ask to schedule regular meetings with them to keep them up to date with your work progress and also make it a point to get feedback from them.
WARNING SIGN: If you set these meetings, and your manager routinely cancels them…take the hint and move on to greener pastures.
Issue #3: No Matter What You Do, You Aren’t Happy At Work
Fix It: Time to do some soul searching. Make a good old pro/con list, and figure out exactly what it is that you don’t like. If it’s something you could work on, like improved relationships with your coworkers or creating more balance in your day, put a plan together to improve it. If it’s something outside of the scope of your job, like you don’t enjoy the career you are in or you want more flexibility, get in touch with us, and we can help you decide what your next move should be.