How to Get a Better Job
Business woman enjoying her job.
Whether you’re fresh out of school or have been at the same meaningless job for the past five years, looking for a job is a difficult process to initiate.
Step One – Look for What Motivates You
When it comes to getting a better (and more meaningful job), sometimes an entire career change is in order. You really need to sit down and think about what you are actually looking for in your life. Are you looking to make more money or are you looking to add meaning into your life? Do you want to do something that provides a service to people or would you rather work alone tucked away in an office? Do you want to help people change their lives? Are you willing to be paid a little less to make that difference in a less fortunate person’s life? These types of soul-searching questions are what you need to answer in order to begin any sort of job change.
Step Two – Do Your Research
If you have a rough idea of what you would like to do or at least what sector you’d like to work in, start doing some research on companies within that sector. Find out as much as you can about companies you’d like to work for since you can always cold call to see if they are hiring. Many times, even if they are not but you have relevant experience or ideas, you will be granted an interview of sorts. Find out an average salary for the job you like so you have an idea of what you’re worth.
Step Three – Use Your Network
You would be surprised the amount of people who land jobs based on using their network of friends and acquaintances. Never forget the power of a referral. Depending on your crowd of friends, you have a huge chance of landing a perfect job in the ideal sector if you just market yourself properly and talk to the right people. Plus, you can get a reading on how the company is from your friend as opposed to just jumping into cold water.
Step Four – Negotiate Your Current One
If you are overworked or underpaid, chances are you want to find a better paying job or a new one altogether. However, if you absolutely love your company this can be a tough decision. At this point in your life, the last thing you want to do is find another job. You always have the power to negotiate your current one. If there is something you don’t like, bring it up to a manager who has the power to make these types of decisions. If you believe you deserve a higher salary, ask for it. If you think you could use an assistant legitimately than don’t be afraid to ask for it. If you are genuinely worth it, your bosses will want to keep you around.