Do you feel disillusioned with your job?
You’re not alone in your frustration. Many professionals struggle with career fulfillment. Plus, recent studies show that work quality is declining among 40% of workers.
You and millions of workers are looking for a fresh start. This new beginning is an opportunity. Don’t take the first job that comes along unless it’s your dream job.
Instead, make a plan to score that dream career!
In this post, you’ll learn how to identify and land a fulfilling job.
Know Your Worth
Are you ready to turn over a new leaf?
Let’s start by recognizing your own worth. It’s easy to apply for jobs within your comfort zone. However, you may be applying to jobs you’re overqualified for without realizing it.
For example, are you still applying to entry-level roles when you have mid-level experience? It’s time to start believing in yourself!
You have years of work experience to bring to the table. Think about experience not explicitly stated in your job description.
For example, did you become highly skilled in database management at your last retail job? Include this experience in your resume. Sales associates are customer database pros. Software sales is a good career move if you are interested in business technoology.
You can use database experience to move into the tech industry as an analyst. Apply your learned database knowledge toward a Github project. Independent projects show initiative, skill, and a willingness to improve.
The retail associate example is just one possibility. You could transition from bartending to marketing or teaching to educational technology. There’s also a growing market of remote careers.
One of the biggest challenges of switching careers is knowing how to start. Don’t rush into anything right away. Start by writing down your skills and traits.
Break your skills down into the following categories:
As you analyze your skills, you’ll discover skills you never knew you had! For example, you may have forgotten about your email writing skills. Writing effective emails is a career asset.
Don’t downplay your technology skills. As you learned in the above example, service workers can apply database skills to Atlanta tech jobs.
Which programs, devices, and equipment did you master over the years? Include both work experience and independently gained knowledge, as well.
Social media is another asset. Your personal social media use could lead to a fulfilling job as a social media manager or coordinator.
Let’s go back to the retail associate example.
Think about your leadership qualities in your current (or last) role. Were you a natural leader among your coworkers? Were you given managerial duties outside of your typical duties?
Why not reach higher in your job search? You could double your earning power by applying for a management position.
Write down all the management skills you’ve learned as a sales associate. Skills like keyholding, training, and merchandising are leadership assets.
Did you smash your sales goals every month? This trait is a hallmark of effective leadership. Top-performing associates are natural managers.
Leadership and communication go hand-in-hand. Think of situations when effective communication led to a sale, resolution, or new idea.
Companies want results-driven employees. You must effectively communicate your skills, attributes, and accomplishments throughout the job search. Include this information in your Linkedin profile, resume, and job interviews.
Merge these skills with your technical expertise.
Which project management apps have you used? Are you skilled with Slack or Trello? These are highly valuable skills.
This next skill is overlooked but may lead to a much more fulfilling career.
You may not have worked in the financial industry, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have valuable financial skills.
Let’s illustrate this point with the retail associate example:
As a retail employee, you use math every day in your job. You have to quickly input numbers, look up customer profiles, and balance your drawer. You may be tasked with counting deposits at the end of the day.
Why not apply your skills to the financial sector?
Your experience as a sales associate is an excellent foundation for a banking career. For example, bank tellers are responsible for keeping accurate, balanced drawers. They must work quickly to service customers, as well.
As a bank teller, you could work your way up to becoming a loan officer. That’s why it’s important to understand your worth. You’re full of untapped potential.
Narrow Down Job Roles
The last section brings up an excellent point. Learned financial knowledge could lead to a rewarding career in banking. With that knowledge in hand, narrow down your top job roles.
For example, if you want to pursue an insurance job, final expense insurance is a career to consider. You may thrive as an investment portfolio manager, financial adviser, or a fintech analyst.
Job roles in rising industries are always growing. The data industry is a perfect example of this trend.
Data is the most valuable asset in business. Companies rely on data to market products, understand customers, and improve processes. These companies need skilled data analysts to guide decision-making.
There are several data related jobs. These are just a few consider:
- Database manager
- Technical lead
- Data analyst
- Data assistant
- Data collection manager
- Data architect
- Data scientist
Learned experience is valuable. However, when you pair that experience with education, you jump leagues ahead of the competition.
Many workers go back to school to improve their job prospects. This is a great idea. However, you can cut that time in half by earning a professional certification.
Look for industry-standard certifications in your niche. For example, if you want to become an IT specialist, you should get a CompTIA certification.
You’ll even find certifications for popular products, like Salesforce and Microsoft.
Professional certifications show employers that you’re serious about skill development.
Find a Career that Speaks to You
Don’t settle for less. Find a career that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning.
These tips are just the start of your new beginning. Follow the blog to discover more lifehacks along the way.