Whether you have been job searching for a while or are just beginning to consider a career change, it’s important to figure out what you really want in your next job. Because until you know this, your job search will drag on forever as you apply to jobs you may or may not actually like. There are millions of people working in jobs and careers they hate because they haven’t been able to figure out what they really want to do. Avoid being one of them by using these three keys to figure out what to look for in your next job.
- Assess what’s working and what’s not.
In order to discover what you really want in your next job, you need to take a step back and reflect over your previous job roles. Think about the last time you were so involved in a project that you lost track of time. Write those experiences down and identify what the factors were that were most satisfying about that project. Getting lost in that state of flow is often an indicator that you’re passionate about what you’re working on. Make a list of tasks you were particularly proud of or energized by. After all, you’ve been in this job a while,–it’s not all terrible. Keep this list handy while you’re job searching and look for matches within job descriptions. It’s just as equally important to identify the things that make you the most miserable in your current job. Make it a point to get rid of the things that make you feel angry, sad, or frustrated.
- Address your problems.
If you’re still currently employed, attempt to address and resolve the issues that are making you miserable before you jump ship. Until you gain more control and authority in your current situation, you likely won’t attract a better situation in your next job. You may even find that all of your challenges evaporate when you do the legwork to address the problems, and you don’t need to transition into something completely different.
- Develop your manifesto.
Though it may sound a little silly at first, it’s important to create your personal manifesto for your career path. The point of this is to give yourself a call to action to define what you want out of your career. Great leaders from Steve Jobs to Frank Lloyd Wright have developed personal manifestos that were the center point of their brand. Here are a few tips to help you write yours:
- Pick a few specific topics to concentrate on. Use ideas like “How I want to commute” and “What hours I plan to put in” to narrow down what kind of work you’d be most interested in.
- Set your principles by writing down beliefs and intentions that you’re not willing to compromise on. This will ensure that you’re moral values are in line with the company’s when you’re applying for jobs.
- Use strong, affirmative language in your manifesto to ensure that you stick to it. Replace words like “I want” or “I should” with “I will” and “I am”.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to figuring out what you really care about, how you perceive yourself, and what you want out of your career. Put these new goals into action by talking with a recruiter from MAC Incorporated. As a niche-based recruiting and staffing firm that specializes in the placement of engineering, maintenance, and operations management professionals, we understand the importance of a rewarding career, and help place candidates in the right jobs for them. Browse our available positions or contact a recruiter today.