If you find yourself daydreaming at work about another, better job, it’s time to make a change.
That said, it’s unwise to hand in your resignation letter without a plan. Below, we’ll discuss how to find the most efficient path to your dream job. To do that, you’ll need to understand what you’re after and how to be both competitive and realistic as you embrace the journey ahead.
Understand the Job Market — and Yourself
You may have a general idea about the type of job you want, but it’s still important to do some research into what’s available in that field or industry. You may just be surprised to learn how many options there are!
Conducting an internal inventory is a great place to start. This exercise helps you uncover the things that are most important to you in your next job. Once you have a clear understanding of your priorities, you can create career goals that are better aligned with your personal needs and wants.
Next, make a list of companies that interest you. Then, do your homework to learn more about these companies and the types of opportunities they can offer you. Understand that new technologies and trends in workplace culture mean the positions in your chosen field may be evolving and new roles may be emerging. Keep your eye on these developments as you consider your next career move. You can stand out from the competition by being prepared for both the role you want today and the role as it may exist in the future.
Whether it’s absolutely mandatory for the job or simply recommended, the right education is critical if you are serious about being a competitive job seeker. Luckily, getting that education doesn’t necessarily mean going back to school for another four years. Today, you can find expedited degree and certification programs in many if not most career tracks.
For example, a person could obtain a master’s in social work (MSW) in roughly one year through an online MSW program. Coding boot camps are also very popular among those who want to learn tech skills in a short period of time. Volunteer work and […]