The bad news: Many people don’t enjoy their work. They go to work each day knowing there is something out there they would rather be doing but not knowing what to do about it. They end up unhappy at work, and, unfortunately, their personal lives can suffer too.
The good news: It doesn’t have to be this way. There are options you can employ immediately to get you on the road to a satisfying career and the happiness you and your family deserve. Here are three suggestions for leaving your dead-end job behind and finding one that you will love:
Use Your Network of Contacts
Networking, both in-person and online, is an essential element in your job search. You probably have some contacts already who know you and are willing to help you find job leads. If your network is small, the next step is to expand, maintain, and use it effectively.
Who should be in your network? Anyone of good character belongs there, and each of your contacts can lead you to new ones. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Friends and family: Keep them updated on your career goals. They might know someone who can help you.
- Current and former coworkers: Connect with the people at work and those with whom you’ve worked in the past.
- Former teachers and professors: Those who taught in your major at college should be at the top of this list.
- Members of professional organizations: Attend events organized by professional associations. Introduce yourself to others and become an active member.
- Former classmates: Check the alumni directory of your college for potential connections. If you belonged to a fraternity or sorority, you might also find some there.
Get Additional Training
Certificate programs can help you develop the skills and experiences you need for a specific job. The best parts are that you can earn many certificates in as little as a few months and that they typically cost less than a degree program.
These programs are good for those just starting their careers and are especially useful for workers who already have years of experience and either want to enhance their skills or are looking for a career change. For those wanting a mid-life change, a certificate program can boost your skills and abilities, and it will help you stand out in the job market. Find the program that’s right for you, and you’ll be on your way to finding a job you love.
Partner With a Staffing Firm
All types of jobseekers can benefit from partnering with a staffing firm. Career changers hoping to land a job in almost any industry would find advantages in working with a staffing agency. These agencies bring together hiring companies and job seekers and can provide a fit that meets the needs of both parties.
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