Not liking your job? Look for work while you are employed

If you are unsatisfied with your job and thinking about moving on it is best to look for work while you are employed. Why? Mainly because you are not in a desperate position wondering where your next pay cheque is going to come from or experiencing other personal pressures associated with unemployment.

Here’s what you can do to get the ball rolling:

1. Whether you are wanting to stay in the same industry or make a complete change to something else, start to get a sense of what is happening.  Pay attention to news blips, coffee-room chatter, association newsletters or simply ask someone who would know about what changes or opportunities are coming down the pipe.  Be proactive in understanding the labour market and what’s influencing the decision makers.

2. Take stock of what your job entails and write down your job description more thoroughly. You are going to need to update your resume because it’s those important details that bring your transferable skills to the attention of a new employer and/or make it easier to determine alternative occupations.

3. If you haven’t been job searching in quite awhile then now is the time enlist the help of a career/job search professional to get your documents reviewed but also tweak your interview skills. The investment is worth it just to get your confidence up and self promotional pieces in order.

4. Use your network. Connect with friends, family, past employers, colleagues and instructors to let them know of your intentions. This is only useful if you can specifically give them an answer as to what you are looking for in a job. If you don’t know what that looks like then my advice stands the same as above get help from a career consultant.

5. If you have some ideas about occupations but are unsure what their job duties might be then I suggest you check out Canada’s National Occupational Classification. As some of you may know, this is a comprehensive list of occupations and is updated from time to time to reflect the changes as some job titles become obsolete and others emerge. If you have trouble navigating this site it does have a tutorial or just drop me an email and I will walk you through it. What I also like is the ability to see under an occupation other, what I call “spin-off’s,” from that job. These are similar job titles but with slightly different descriptions and requirements. If you want to make a lateral move maybe one of these occupations will do the trick.

6.Get your references in order so that you can hit the bricks running when the time comes. Of course, you don’t want to always show that you have one foot out the door but usually there is a least one person you can trust professionally or personally that understands your need to move on. Even if you start a list of potential references to be approached when the time comes at least you are not scrambling later.

7. Besides looking outside of your work environment consider speaking with someone about your desire to take on more challenge; if that is what is making you consider alternatives to your present situation. Often employers are interested in keeping good talent in-house so sometimes it’s a matter of broaching the topic of wanting more and giving reasons to consider you as a candidate for higher positions within the company.

Consider these tips but for any other thoughts or questions feel free to post a comment or send a private email and I will respond.

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