According to a 2018 survey, 49 percent of American workers are dissatisfied with their jobs; but another survey found that only 29 percent of employees plan to leave their jobs in the next 12 months. Are you one of the 49 percent of dissatisfied employees who has not yet started looking for a new job?
If you are a dissatisfied employee, here are 10 things you can do to start your job search now:
- Keep a brag book of your accomplishments—if you are proud of something you did at work, if someone compliments you, or if a team you worked on received kudos, you have an entry for your brag book.
- Track the numbers—how much time, money, or other resources did one of your actions save; how much has your company grown since you were hired; how many people do you supervise?
- Gather examples—depending on the job you are seeking, you may need case studies, examples of writing, examples of web designs, specific testimonials, or similar items.
- Re-examine your skills—your skills may fit you for positions you never considered before; start looking at job descriptions and advertisements to see where your skills (not only your job title) might lead you.
- Close up any skills gap—now is the time to take courses, whether in your company or outside, that would prepare you for being hired elsewhere.
- Reconnect with your network—you may want to renew your membership in professional or industry meetings or meet with former coworkers, both good sources for job leads.
- List what you like and what you dislike about your current job—you want your next job to be a better fit, but that can only happen if you honestly evaluate the job you have now.
- Rank what is important to you—are you more interested in more flexible work hours or higher pay or more opportunities for advancement?
- Update your resume—is your resume as current as it could be or have you let it lapse for years?
- Talk to a professional resume writer and career coach—make sure you and your resume are set up for 21st century job seeking.
Robin’s Resumes® has decades of experience helping dissatisfied employees take the first step toward a job that fulfills them. Contact us today.