A great job is one that boosts your morale, contains tasks you enjoy and provides advancement opportunities. If you're not experiencing this in your current role, it may be time to find a better job. Getting a new job involves evaluating your career goals, researching possible opportunities and applying for a role that meets your needs. In this article, we share signs that you should pursue a better job and how to find the perfect position for you.
Signs that indicate it's time to find a better job
It's important to work in a job you're passionate about and thoroughly enjoy. If you find yourself lacking the motivation to complete your work duties, it may be time to look for a better job. Common signs that show it may be time to pursue a new position include:
Little to no passion for your role
While some of your job duties may seem small and mundane, there should at least be some larger projects at work that make you're excited to complete. If you're assigned projects and responsibilities and feel little to no excitement, it may be time to research roles with duties that do excite you.
It can also be beneficial to analyze the role and determine if it's the tasks that don't excite you or the industry itself. You may feel more excited working for a role within an industry that's more interesting and intriguing to you.
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Not feeling challenged
The right job for you should be one that presents tasks that challenge and motivate you. Your job can be a great way to problem solve and find creative solutions that benefit the company. Roles that challenge you can make you feel like you're bringing strong results and that you're enhancing the company's performance. If your job isn't challenging you or allowing you to develop new skills, it may be time to find one that does this.
Craving a different company culture
Being in a positive work environment helps encourage you to complete tasks and work with a team that shares your passions. Working with a company that has a strong company culture also increases team-building skills with your coworkers, so you can all more effectively complete impressive group projects together.
Great company culture also makes you and other employees feel welcomed and happy to come to work each day. Find a role that boosts your morale and makes you feel enthusiastic to be a part of their team.
No sign of growth
A great way to tell if the company you're working with is right for you is if they're giving you opportunities to advance in your career. If you've worked at the company for a while and haven't received any raises or promotions, try to understand why. Talk to your supervisor and ask if they can help you move up in your role. This can be to a management position or maybe to a higher role in a different department you're more suited for.
If there are any positions you believe you're qualified for or may thrive in, mention this to your manager. Your manager should be someone that mentors you and helps you improve your work performance. If they show little enthusiasm for helping you advance in the company, it may be time to search for jobs with better growth opportunities.
How to find a better job
Once you realize you're ready to pursue a role better suited for your skills, needs and abilities, you can start searching for new jobs online. Follow these steps to learn how you can start finding a job related to your skills and interests:
1. Reflect on what you want in a job
Before you start applying for roles, you should evaluate your current one to learn what you like and dislike about it. This helps you better understand what you're looking for in a new role. Ask yourself what tasks you enjoy completing every day, if any. Write down the job responsibilities you'd like to continue doing at a new role. Now write down the tasks you'd like to complete in an ideal role.
Conduct online research by searching for jobs that have the tasks you'd like to complete every day. Write down these roles and note the skills and experience needed to work in that field. If you're looking for a role in the same field you currently work in, think about your ideal work environment. This can be an environment with growth opportunities, job duties that challenge you, a supervisor who motivates you or a stronger company culture.
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2. Evaluate your skills and expertise
Once you know the skills and experience needed to work in your desired roles, determine how your current qualifications and abilities compare. Write down the skills you have and see how well they align with the skills listed on job descriptions you find for your the role you'd like. Note the skills, education and other qualifications you still need for the job.
Figure out how you can earn these qualifications to make yourself a stronger candidate. You may need to take online courses to earn a certificate or go back to school to earn the degree needed for the role. Learn how long it may take to get the necessary qualifications. It may be best to stay at your current role to earn a stable wage until you've met the requirements for the role you'd like.
3. Think about your ideal company
Next to job responsibilities you're passionate about, you should work for a company you enjoy being a part of. Think about what your current company has that you enjoy and anything you prefer they have. Research companies with qualities that interest you like team-building opportunities, a strong culture or impressive benefits.
4. Research companies and roles
Once you have a strong idea of what you want in a company, start researching companies with these traits and see if they're hiring. Look at different job boards with listings for your ideal role. Keep track of the jobs that stand out to you most and track them in a spreadsheet to better organize the job search process. Make it a habit to search for new jobs several times throughout the week. There are some job sites you can subscribe to that send you new listings related to the role you're searching for.
When you find roles you like, research the company as well to learn if they have your desired work environment. You can find this information on the "About Us" section of their website or by reading reviews previous employees have posted about the company.
5. Build or update your resume
After writing down all of your favorite companies, make a resume catered to each of them. You can start by building a general resume with your summary, work experience, job duties, education, skills and certifications listed. If your previous resume already has relevant skills and experience listed, add your most recent role and skills you've gained since you last updated it.
After making a resume, look at the job descriptions to find keywords used throughout the document. For example, if the job description regularly mentions proficiency in Microsoft Excel, add this throughout your resume by mentioning it as a skill and explaining how you used Microsoft Excel in your previous roles.
6. Make a list of possible interview questions
If you've been asked to interview, spend time preparing for it. List possible questions they may ask you to help you practice and prepare. It may help to research common interview questions or questions specific for your role. For example, if you're interviewing for a marketing manager role, type "marketing manager interview questions" into a search engine. Once you have an idea of the questions they may ask, practice answering them with a friend or in front of a mirror.
Try to make sure your questions still sound natural in the interview, rather than rehearsed. Use professional body language to show you're interested in what the interviewer has to say by nodding along, smiling and sitting up straight.
7. Determine and negotiate your desired salary
Think about the salary you currently make and what you believe you deserve for this upcoming role. It can be helpful to research the average salary for this job to ensure you're asking for the appropriate amount. Once the employer or human resources employee offers you the job and asks for your desired salary, give them a range you're looking for. If they offer you a salary you believe is too low, professionally negotiate a higher pay with them.
When you reach a salary agreement you're satisfied with, show your appreciation and gratitude by thanking the employer for the opportunity. Determine what date they need you to start. Request to start in two weeks to a month, to give your current workplace plenty of time to handle your upcoming departure.
8. Leave your company on good terms
After you've accepted the job offer, return to your current company and submit your resignation. A resignation letter typically includes:
- A formal greeting
- Your statement of resignation from the company
- Your last day of work
- A statement expressing your gratitude for the opportunity to work at the company
- A list of outstanding projects and your plan for completing them
- Any other important information you feel your supervisor should know
- A professional salutation and signature
You can email this resignation to a human resources employee or to your manager. It may be more respectful to schedule a meeting with your manager and submit your resignation letter in person. Make sure your conversation is professional and that you express gratitude for the role and opportunity. Leaving your company on good terms allows you to maintain strong connections with people at the company in case you need them as references for future roles.