Changing jobs: Tips to Start
- Being creative
- Preparing for change
- Getting your house in order
- Not taking it personally
- Having a plan
“We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are.” (Herman Miller)
Before starting your search, you should take the time to analyse your career to date and think about the expectations you have of your new job and which skills and experience you can develop by changing jobs.
After this initial assessment, you will be able to start planning your job search, which essentially means being prepared to face all aspects of change in terms of work, people, places, problems, working styles, behaviour, working hours, etc.
Your job seeking project should serve as an opportunity to strengthen your creativity, entrepreneurship, flexibility and learning capacity.
To set off on this journey, here are our first five tips:
The ideas should be about the type of work you want to do, how it should differ from your present occupation, which environment you would like to work in, how you could introduce yourself and so on.
This demands creativity and proactivity. Your new job isn’t out there waiting for you and it is unlikely to come looking for you. It is much more likely that you will have to create it yourself, even if you are weighing up an unexpected job offer. Here too, it is key to adopt a creative, active approach to ensure that the offer measures up to your requirements.
Prepare for change
Start practising by changing little things: take a different route to work, try a food you have never tried before, try to learn new things, read a book you wouldn’t normally read, change the way you do certain things at work, and so on…. Prepare and practise for change with everyone and everything.
Get your house in order
Decide what to keep, what to file and what to throw out. Don’t rush and be methodical.
This simple task will help you revisit the past to increase awareness of what you have already achieved and perhaps rediscover something you forgot about.
Clear out documents, papers, files, objects, contacts. File the things you want to keep and physically free yourself of everything else.
Don’t take it personally
At this stage, it is fundamental not to allow these setbacks or rejections to damage your self-confidence or harm you. Stay strong, don’t take it personally, maintain a certain detachment and don’t be intimidated if you are not successful immediately.
The problems you encounter are merely part of the risks involved and have nothing to do with your values, ambitions and potential. Learn to analyse the setbacks in the light of your approach and ideas so that you can either plough ahead with greater conviction and determination or conversely, bring about some changes that will make your job search more effective.
Have a plan
It takes time and careful planning. Whilst there is no doubt that fate and luck will play their part, it is essential to have a good plan.
Decide on your final objective and your objectives for each stage of the project and try to identify key indicators that will allow you to gauge if you have achieved them. Define the steps in your search to find and evaluate a new job. Identify what you need for each step, who can help you, what you need to know or understand. Set a timeline for each step so that you can monitor progress and take action if necessary. Put everything on paper and decide on at least one small action every day to advance your search and move towards your objective.
#theartofworking is being patient and waiting for the right opportunity