Are you happy in your career? Do you want to make some changes? Perhaps it’s time for you to consider your job options. When you are not satisfied in the work you do, you need to evaluate what is truly important to you.
If you are trying to find the job that best suits you, plan to take some time to reflect and re-focus your vision.
Many people start off in one career and decide later in life to pursue their hobby. The experience almost always is more enjoyable and more profitable. Whether you create the opportunity, fall into it or are given direction by someone else, you should always be open to the possibilities around you. Your dream career might not be what you anticipated when you start your job search.
One thing that can really help in this situation is understanding your basic expectations for a job/career. Do you know what you want? What is the minimum salary that you will accept for a position? Are you more inclined to work by yourself or as part of a team? How much variation do you like (day to day) in a position?
In order to realize what will make you happy, you need to spend some time analyzing your needs, desires and expectations. Unless you truly grasp what truly matters in your life, you will likely find yourself switching jobs somewhat frequently.
In addition to that, knowing what is of most importance to you will help you create your resume and cover letter in such a way that you identify those priorities. After all, when you specify your willingness to work on team projects, you are more likely to be offered a job interview where those desires will be met.
One other benefit of clarifying your priorities is that you are more confident. When it comes time for an interview, you will have a much better understanding of yourself and you will be better able to handle those often-frustrating questions, like: “Why do you want to work here?” or “What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?”
Finding the right job is important. It is important for you to have the right job so that you will be happy and it is important for your employer because happy employees are productive employees.