career.changeMany people get stuck in jobs that they don’t like, yet they do nothing about it. They complain, moan and make excuses for their current situations, but they refuse to be proactive and make a change.

Maybe you enrolled into law school because of pressure from your parents or maybe you dread the idea of waking up in the morning and facing a boss who thinks they are the most important person in the world. Although the reasons for hating your job may vary, there is a common solution for all of them. First of all, you need to detach any kind of emotions involved in not liking your job. You should evaluate yourself and gauge what you can change and what you can’t keep up with. Then, you can make a plan.

 5 Steps to Take to “Change the Situation”

Analyze the situation at hand without being emotionally involved:

Emotions always cloud judgment, and you are likely to make drastic decisions that may prove detrimental to your well-being and your long term career.  It would be unreasonable to quit your job just because you are having a bad day or because a co-worker spoke badly about you.  Life in general has its highs and its lows, and it is important to realize that you are not going to come home every single day with a big smile on your face.

Evaluate what you can change about your circumstance and what you cannot:

Every problem has a solution, and the solution can only be found if you speak out. If your manager is overworking you, you could approach him/her calmly and explain the challenges you experience. You should be professional in approach, maintain a positive attitude and suggest the best solutions for your problems.

Identify your Transferrable Skills:

A lack of relevant experience in a particular type of job does not mean you don’t have the skills to perform that particular job. Transferrable skills are simply the different types of skills that you have developed throughout your life that can be useful across a range of jobs or industries. These skills can be general skills, technical skills or role-related skills. Once you identify these transferrable skills you can better begin to prepare your professional resume, target your cover letter and optimize your LinkedIn profile.

Put your plan into action:

Developing a plan of attack is the easy part! The hardest part is turning your plan into action. One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they expect change to happen instantly. In most cases, change will happen over time, and you need to remain patient (as hard as it can be) in the meantime. The first job in “finding a new job” is to prepare/edit your professional documents and your online profiles. This includes developing a resume that highlights your value added skills, experiences and previous achievements. Remember that the goal of your resume should be to promote yourself. In the competitive job environment, hiring managers are interested in people who can add value to their organization. Look through your existing resume and ask yourself if you would hire this person. If the answer is no, it’s time to make a change. If the answer is yes, it’s time to get networking!

Develop your exit strategy:

Regardless of how much you hate your job, getting up and quitting may not be the wisest decision. A wiser decision is to set yourself a time frame to leave and begin to prepare your exit strategy. This may involve speaking to recruiters, networking or applying directly for new jobs. Finding a new job can take time, but as long you’re being proactive you are on the right track to finding that new job.

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