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How to Find a Better Job Than the One You Already Have
Monday, January 07, 2013

In tough times like these, you would be crazy to think about giving up any job even if it isn't one you really want. The security alone can be satisfying enough, knowing that there's a paycheck out there with your name on it. But that's essentially the problem.

This sense of security causes many people to fear taking the risk of making changes. They end up settling for what they have instead of going after what they truly want. But if you've ever read into the background of someone who has made it big, many of them had to take majors risks in order to get there. There's a saying that "there's no reward without risk," and those who have taken them know just how true this is.

Whether you're ready to get started on your new career path now or wanting to wait it out until the moment is right, the following tips will be useful to you when you do decide to make your move:

First and foremost, ask yourself this question: how badly do you want to leave your job? If the entire time you are at work is spent wishing you could be somewhere else--anywhere else--then the answer is pretty clear. But if you notice that even though you don't like it, you stay because it's a generally desirable position, you might want to instead ask what it would take to make the current job you have more enjoyable.

Don't let one bad day question whether you want to keep your job, bad days are unavoidable no matter what the job is. Instead, think about how your job makes you feel. You might not like the fact that you're waiting tables or taking orders at a register, but does it actually get you down? A good time to start thinking about change is when what you're doing is making you unhappy.

When you do start taking steps toward finding your new job, make them baby ones. Taking your time will help you to continue thinking it through as you go and avoid jumping into anything you'll regret later on. Create a plan of action and be strategic in where you apply. Success from your search will be a result from how well you execute it, not necessarily from how many places you apply to. Spend the time making sure that you left no room for error. You owe it to yourself.

In a job search where the seeker is unemployed, they want to let everyone know so that any and every opportunity may come their way. In your case, though, you need to be selective about who you share this information with because it could cause some rifts between co-workers and supervisors. Remember not to incorporate anyone from your current job into your search for a new one. This means leaving them out as references and refraining from updating them on upcoming interviews.

Speaking of interviews, be careful when scheduling them. Take a personal day if you need to, but don't try to squeeze it around your work schedule. Should there be an unexpected time change, you'll want to have the liberty to be flexible.

So now you might be thinking that seeing all of this through is impossible given your time constraints with work and well, life in general. Consider all the responsibilities you already have. At one time or another they weren't there and yet you found a way to incorporate them into your life. Your new job search duties will require doing the same. Here's another quote to add to your job search notes: "With great power comes great responsibility" (yes, the same quote from the Spiderman movie). More risk, more reward, and of course more responsibility.
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