When people think of making a career change, their first inclination may be to send out resumes to various different companies. Their best source for new employment, however, might be the business for which they already work.
Good employees are not always easy to find. If you’ve already established your value through hard work and dependability in your current position, your employer may be eager to retain you. You’ve proven yourself first-hand, giving you a leg up over unknown candidates who are struggling to even get a foot in the door.
When looking for a new job because you dislike your current position, it is easy to adopt an “anywhere but here” attitude. But rush too quickly out of one unhappy situation and you may find yourself in another -- confronting the exact same problems again months down the line. Instead, take some time to pinpoint exactly what is bothering you where you are now and what would make things better.
If you want to move up in your career, you first need to stay in your career—which isn’t necessarily easy in this time of cutbacks and frequent layoffs. To increase your odds of sticking around, you need to make yourself very valuable to your employer (and any other employer who might want to snap you up).
Sometimes it is easy to blame others when we’re frustrated at our job. But instead of wishful-thinking statements starting with “If only . . .,” it can be more productive to take a look at one’s own behavior and focus on factors that can be controlled.
Beverly D. Flaxington, author of Make Your SHIFT: The Five Most Powerful Moves You Can Make to Get Where YOU Want to Go, notes that a recent study found that 97% of employees described themselves as guilty of at least one of these five things:
Workers interested in becoming indispensable to their boss should become familiar with the concept of “managing up.” Basically, the term means to take charge of your working relationship with your manager to be as effective and efficient in your role as possible. By enhancing the manager’s work, an employee becomes a greater asset and sets herself up as a stronger candidate for promotion.
You may not work for yourself, but there are ways that thinking like an entrepreneur or a small business owner can benefit your career. (And, as a bonus, it can help get you better prepared, should the time ever come that you do contemplate starting your own business.)
Modern job seekers often send a resume to any company that looks like it might be a fit. While casting a wide net may seem to improve chances of getting hired, beware that focusing efforts on quantity rather than quality may actually decrease your odds of getting noticed. Businesses do not want just any employee; they want the perfect person for the position. Your job is to prove that person is you, and generic material you’ve sent to 50 other places often won’t cut it.
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