Whether you’re just beginning a career or have plateaued in one, looking for a new job can be overwhelming. If you feel this way, you’re not alone. Based on a recent study by the Conference Board—a New York-based nonprofit research group—more than 52 percent of Americans are unhappy at work.
So how can we change this?
Constantly Be on the Hunt for New Opportunities
There could be an opportunity in your current company that you haven’t even thought about. Ask around and seek opportunities that are more in line with what you want to do next. If you’re interested in social media, ask if you can help with your current business’ Instagram or Facebook account. Your manager wants you to be happy and engaged in work and will appreciate seeing your interest in taking on new responsibilities.
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Network (Actually Though)
This term is used a lot and I don’t want to be cliché, but it is important. A friend of a colleague could have an amazing opportunity that they introduce you to, but you won’t know unless you ask. Not only that, but friends who work in the industry of your dream job are well worth tapping. Keep an eye out for mixers, college events, and job fairs in your desired field.
Create an Online Presence
It’s extremely helpful to have a digital footprint so employers can find you online—as long as it’s a good one of course. Scouring personal websites that function as portfolio sites, and social media platforms like LinkedIn have become essential first steps for many companies looking to at potential new employees.
Seek Out and Acquire a Mentor
It’s important to have trusted people in your life that can help guide you when making tough decisions. Professors, bosses and even colleagues can be great assets. It’s useful having someone to talk to who is perhaps a bit wiser and who may have some insights into the world where your dream job exists.
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Stay True to Yourself
Remember why you started something, even if it gets difficult. I think that sentiment is important to keep in mind as we move through life, persuaded by certain things like stress, money, time and convenience. Ask yourself: What makes you feel passionate? Why? Do you want to contribute to making the world better? How? Even though we may start out with the best of intentions it can be easy to get sidetracked. Don’t forget what makes you feel fulfilled.