quality of working life – Career Hunts Blog https://www.careerhunts.com/blog Career Hunts blog | Job Recruitment Advice | Career Guide Wed, 04 Jan 2023 10:44:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 TRANSFORMING YOUR WORKING LIFE: A GUIDE TO MAKING A BIG CHANGE https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/transforming-your-working-life-a-guide-to-making-a-big-change/ https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/transforming-your-working-life-a-guide-to-making-a-big-change/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2023 10:44:49 +0000 https://www.careerhunts.com/blog/?p=883 TRANSFORMING YOUR WORKING LIFE: A Guide to Making a Big Change

Somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of a person’s waking hours are devoted to work or activities directly related to it. That is to say, work is a major factor in our lives and one of the primary causes of our satisfaction and contentment. More than half of employees surveyed (57% of women, 59% of men) expressed dissatisfaction with their jobs in a global study conducted by Accenture last year. Having a job you don’t like is linked to increased risk of mental and physical health problems, according to a number of studies (including those conducted at the Australian National University, Concordia University in Montreal, and others). This article is for those of you who recognise yourself in these depressing numbers and are ready to take action.

One’s dissatisfaction with their work environment can arise for a variety of causes and be addressed in a number of ways. However, when people are displeased with something, they don’t immediately take action to change it. More than two-thirds of unsatisfied workers did not intend to leave their existing jobs, according to the same Accenture study. Coaches in the United States say that the main reason people don’t make changes in their life is that they’re too scared to go outside their comfort zone. Whether you are the pessimist who refuses to see a better future, or the realist who has good reasons to stay in their current job (a family to support, years of experience, etc.), the first step toward becoming your true, happy working self is accepting that it is possible.

The only two things you need to remember at all times are: First, you are the one who will put in the most effort toward becoming the Real Happy Working You, and second, once you reach that goal, you will be the one who is truly happy while at work. You won’t show up tomorrow, and you’ll have to do a lot of searching to find this person. Ok, so let’s break this down into manageable chunks.

Step 1.Realization:

Having a deep and abiding sense of discontent with one’s current position, leading one to the conclusion that action must be taken. This is a situation in which it is crucial that the concepts not be confused with one another. Discomfort that is only temporary because of, say, a shift in management or a relocation of the office, or because of the introduction of a new set of coworkers or an updated information technology system, is not what we’re discussing here. Unless doing so will result in an unmanageable situation that you simply cannot handle right now or in the future. Proceed to Stage 2 if this is the case.

Step 2. Analysis:

So, tell me, what’s the source of your discontent? There is an infinite number of ways to respond to this question, but I’ll narrow it down to two main groups: There are two primary aspects of your job that you must consider: 1) the external conditions in which you currently work, and 2) the duties and responsibilities of the job itself.

The first group includes things like pay and benefits, interactions with superiors and coworkers, room for professional growth, discretion in day-to-day tasks, stress levels, and other factors. Studies in this area generally agree on the significance of factors like autonomy and a feeling of competence for the vast majority of workers. Thus, it is recommended that you stop looking for the ideal job. Instead, work on enhancing the more universally satisfying aspects of your current role, such as autonomy, respect, impact, and achievement. In most cases, you can choose between two different approaches. To begin resolving the issue, you may either make changes to your own behaviour or bring it up in a conversation with a superior. When this doesn’t improve things, it’s time to look elsewhere. That doesn’t mean you should ignore them or treat them as unimportant, but it does mean you can keep your current job and focus on finding a solution. All that’s required is a little tweaking of the path you’re already on.

If, on the other hand, you pinpoint your duties, the nature of your work, or the routines you follow on a daily basis as the source of your discontent, you’ll need to take a different approach. Numerous studies back up the claim that workers are more productive when they enjoy what they do for a living. Leaving your comfort zone and venturing out into the world full of potential dangers can be a terrifying prospect (prolonged period of unemployment, running out of savings, losing your good relationships with the current employer, gaps or inconsistency on the CV, etc.) On the other hand, “no pain, no gain,” as the old adage goes. Personal risk management is of the utmost importance at this juncture; weigh the potential benefits against the potential drawbacks, and ask yourself if you’re truly committed to making the life changes necessary to become Your Real Happy Working Self.

Seeking advice when making a choice of this magnitude is only natural and wise. Be wary of the people in your inner circle, though. Your family and closest friends may seem to have your best interests at heart, but they may also be complacent about you changing. Only you have a complete picture of your goals and abilities.

Step 3. Financial Analysis Pillow and More

So, if you’ve decided to make a significant shift in your professional life, you should get ready. You should count yourself fortunate if you can continue working while you work on remaking your career, as this will relieve both financial and time constraints. However, as you have your current job to fulfil decently and responsibly, it is easy to get into a morass of daily routine that will delay your bright future significantly, if not indefinitely. In addition, in this situation, you’d have plenty of spare time to work on your career goals. A well-defined plan with objectives, checkpoints, and due dates is essential in this situation.

Make sure you have a safe financial cushion in the event that you need to leave your current job for any reason (you find it intolerable, the company is going to be liquidated in a few months, your contract is up for renewal and you don’t want to do it), etc. Though taking a trip to clear your head might seem like a good idea, you should be aware that you will likely not be receiving any financial support for at least six months. You should also be aware that your next job may not pay as well as your current one because of your lack of experience. The best way to make it through the time between leaving your current job and starting your dream job is to save as much money as you can in the months leading up to the end of your current job.

Find out what you want at the same time. The majority of us have no idea what we want to do for a living, but there are those few who are blessed with this knowledge from the get-go. Generally speaking, this is not the case because most of us have found it simpler to simply “go with the flow” rather than pondering whether or not this flow actually led us in the right direction. One piece of advice for the “lost” would be to make a list of all the things they enjoy doing. However, keep your expectations in check; while the idea of spending the day in bed watching Netflix may sound appealing, the only thing on your list that could possibly reflect that is a more accommodating schedule. It’s also helpful to highlight the things that other people think you’re good at (these other people could be your coworkers, bosses, partners, or friends who know your professional side; I wouldn’t recommend asking family members for their opinions because they are often not objective). Give it time to develop into something substantial and multifaceted; don’t stop at the first draught. And even then, your list isn’t set in stone; it’s a living, breathing thing that can evolve slightly as you learn more about yourself and the opportunities presented by the dynamic business world.

After finalising the list, consider where in the company these characteristics would be most useful. There is a plethora of career tests available to help you zero in on your ideal field of work. But you should have your list ready before attempting to use any of those.

Step 4. Analysis of the Market and Revision of Resume:

Now that you have an idea of what it is you want to change about yourself to become your Real Happy Working Self, you can do some preliminary market research. What are the most sought-after skills, what do employers expect from applicants, and what are the entry-level positions that interest you the most?

Think back on what you’ve learned so far. If you want to land your dream job, you need to rework your resume to highlight your relevant experience and include at least some of the items on your list. Submit an honest resume. The act of putting pen to paper on a work agreement is not the culmination but the beginning of the employment relationship. All those impressive sounding phrases on your resume better be true. If you don’t, you risk losing your new job and ruining your professional standing. If you lack relevant work experience, demonstrate your ability to learn quickly, solve problems effectively, manage your time well, etc. with concrete, preferably numerical examples. Any suggestions you could make would be greatly appreciated. Extra training, an internship, or freelancing on a project in your field of interest are all viable alternatives (especially given the abundance of free online courses available to those on a tight budget). You could gain valuable insight into the role and add a relevant line to your resume as a result.

Step 5. Techniques for Finding Work:

There are millions of articles available in the social media on how to job hunt. From my experience, the most useful tools are the following:
– Networking. The old adage that “who you know is more important than what you know” holds true in many situations. The right network can catapult your career forward. Can you say that you have none? Then you should definitely start making plans to increase your network immediately. Let everyone you know and meet know that you are actively seeking employment. Don’t hide away; instead, actively seek out new connections by attending relevant events and making conversation with new people. It’s possible to stumble upon a golden opportunity when you least expect it.

– Social networks. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter make it simple to get in touch with recruiters and publicly declare that you are “open to new career opportunities.” However, the best way to make advantage of social media is to make direct contact with recruiters or, even better, managers in your preferred field, organisation, and role/department. If your ideal job doesn’t exist, you should make it. A manager’s ability to tailor a position to an individual’s skillset and contribution is directly related to how well you can convince them of your worth.

– A good headhunter. The number could also be three. You need to plan a little further ahead for your career than your next job. As you mature and gain work experience, you may decide to switch careers again. Because of this, it’s crucial to find a trustworthy headhunter (or several, if you’re lucky) who can help you get where you want to go professionally, while also being familiar with your history, skillset, and areas of improvement. Otherwise, you’ll be one of a thousand resumes they try to fit into a pool of twenty open positions with clients who want to avoid feeling like they’re being spammed. They can place you in your new position right now, and if you stay in touch with them, they can help you advance in your new field. Eventually, you’ll both become well-respected experts in your fields, and working together will be mutually beneficial to both of you.

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