by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
If you’re bored with your current job or feel you’re stuck in a no-win situation with no chance of advancement it may be time to seek a better job. But, as the saying goes, don’t give up your day job just yet. At least until you’ve found something better unless you have aworking spouse who’s very understanding.
Ask yourself what you’d like to be doing. Consider all your special interests and skills. Where do you excel at the present time and where did you excel in school? You need to set some near term and long term goals.
Start with examining your present job to see if there’s any chance of advancement or change of jobs within the company. Talk with your boss or company counselor to find out your options.
Don’t threaten them with leaving or express unhappiness with what you’re doing. Just let them know you want to do better and ask what they can do to help. Most companies will do what they can to help you be the best you can be. If the employee is interested in doing better it’s usually better for the company.
Determine what you’re qualified for and if it doesn’t fit with what you want then get qualified by attending school, taking special classes or reading books. Be realistic with your job expectations. Few people start at the top. Update your resume, highlighting your strengths and education. If you prepare the resume yourself double-check it for accuracy and neatness.
A good interview can be your springboard to a new and better job. Start with dressing for success or what is appropriate for the job you’re seeking. Better to dress up than dress down. Make good eye contact and show enthusiasm and knowledge about the position you’re applying for. Never speak badly about your former or current employer.
Turn your special interest or hobby into a career. Perhaps you could start out converting your hobby into a money making venture while continuing your present job. Many times what you’re enjoying as a pastime could become a good second income or more.
If you like making jewelry, sell it at an on-line auction or craft fair. Or, use your jewelry expertise to become a jewelry salesperson at a local store and perhaps advancing to a jewelry buyer or repair person.
Writing presents many opportunities and you can do this at home or anywhere you have a laptop. You may not get rich as a travel writer but it offers many perks of sometimes traveling and eating for free.