If you are like most people who love to plan their year ahead, you know the final quarter of the year is a good time to be thankful for what you’ve accomplished so far, review tasks that need to be completed before the year ends, and plan for the next year in advance. Either you are looking for work, planning a career change, or not very happy with your current job, there is nothing more fulfilling than to be doing what you love and love what you are doing.
According to a 2011 survey conducted by Mercer, an HR consulting company, 32% of Americans indicated they wanted to leave their job.
Another survey by Right Management, a subsidiary of Manpower Group, found 65% of Americans are unhappy in their job.
Although many are frustrated and unhappy with their job would love to take Confucius advice to “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” majority cannot afford to leave their job right now due to weak economy and grim labor market.
If you are unhappy, unfulfilled, or dissatisfied with what you are doing right now, this might be the time to reflect on what is really important to you and position yourself for opportunities that fits your values, interests and skills in 2013.
Here are some steps to help get job satisfaction in 2013:
1. Know yourself. Start your job hunt with a list of what is important to you, what you really want in your work and in your life. It will be easier to get job satisfaction if you can take time to identify your values, what you do very well, what you are interested in, the kind of environment you would like to be in, and what you can offer a prospective employer. For example, if the flexibility to be able to work from home is important to you, it is wise to know if your prospective employer has a telecommuting policy.
2. Know what job positions are out there. Where do you actually look when looking for a job? If you answer is newspapers and career sites, you are almost right. The truth is that the best opportunity might be with your current employer if you care enough to know the in-house positions that might be available. Your supervisor or Vice President might not know that you are frustrated and looking for a fresh position, you have to talk to some people you can trust and let them and know your intentions. Ask and it shall be given unto you.
3. Do a little research. You need to know what you would exactly be doing when you get the job. Job satisfaction does not rest in your job title. It is not enough to say, “I like to be a Computer Systems Analyst.” The question you should ask is what will be my duties and responsibilities as a System Analyst and how does this fit with my interests, values, and skill sets. Talk to people that are Computer System Analysts and ask them what they spent 70% of their time doing on the job. Read articles, publications, and other career magazines to observe trends and how your job is going to be in the future – you definitely don’t want to be out of job in the next 6 months due to outdated skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook is a good resource to learn more about different occupations, what they actually do, the work environment, how to qualify, and what they earn.
4. Take Action. Now that you know what is important to you, where to look for opportunities, and what you’d actually be doing in your work. It’s time to take action — massive action. It is not enough to like a particular profession; you need to be qualified to function in that profession. If more money will make you happy, more education and more hard work should equally make you happy. Dr. Woody also suggests that you strongly commit to exploring your opportunities by dedicating some time to search for a new job, leverage your network and attend networking event, join professional groups, and schedule interviews.
5. Be Grateful. There is no doubt that changing your job or your job environment might make you happier on your job but it might not be the only cure for your unhappiness. Sometimes, what affects you internally might affect every other thing you do externally. It is possible that your attitude is affecting your aptitude. Things might being to look up if you start focusing on what you are thankful for on your current job. No matter how bad it seems, there should be one thing you are grateful for. The attitude of gratitude might let you see your job in a different light and make you more productive and happy.
I wish you a happy 2012 and happier 2013. I hope these nuggets help you to get a job satisfaction in 2013. If you think I’ve missed something that could make someone more satisfied with their job, please share it in the comment section, we will greatly appreciate your input.
Saji Ijiyemi is an Author, Success Coach, Professional Speaker, and Motivational Teacher. He is the visionary behind The Saji Group and a lifetime student of Personal Growth and Development. His goal is to help people and organization get clarity on their vision, focus on purpose-driven activities that will accelerate their progress, and execute their plans to get results… faster. Continue reading…