New Year: How about a new job?

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

AC­CORD­ING to a Linkedin sur­vey of more than 10,000 peo­ple, the num­ber-one rea­son why peo­ple switch jobs is be­cause they be­lieve that there is a lack of ca­reer ad­vance­ment.

This was fol­lowed by be­ing un­sat­is­fied with man­age­ment, the cul­ture of the com­pany, com­pen­sa­tion, the re­wards sys­tem and want­ing more chal­leng­ing work. On top of that, chang­ing ca­reer paths can help us grow not only pro­fes­sion­ally but also per­son­ally.

As we en­ter a new year, there’s no bet­ter time to quit your cur­rent po­si­tion to give your­self a fresh start at a new job. And, if you’re still not con­vinced on the ben­e­fits of switch­ing jobs, here are a few points that may help you re­con­sider.

1. Breaks up the monotony Do you hon­estly en­joy be­ing stuck in the same pat­tern ev­ery day? Mo­not­o­nous habits leads to bore­dom and do­ing tasks while on au­topi­lot. That’s not al­ways the best sce­nario if you want to stay mo­ti­vated and pro­duc­tive on a daily ba­sis.

By switch­ing jobs, you can break-up the monotony by ac­cept­ing new chal­lenges, es­tab­lish new goals and get you out of your com­fort zone since you’ll have to work with new peo­ple in a new area.

2. Al­lows you to dis­cover your pas­sion If you’ve been work­ing for the same com­pany for sev­eral years, are you re­ally cer­tain that you en­joy the work? Or have you been con- sumed by a hefty pay­check? Chang­ing jobs gives you the abil­ity to not only dis­cover your real pas­sion but also al­lows you to start mak­ing money by do­ing some­thing that you ac­tu­ally en­joy do­ing for a liv­ing.

3. Helps you meet new peo­ple When you start a new job, you’ll be forced to in­tro­duce and in­ter­act with a new group of peo­ple that pro­vide an end­less amount of op­por­tu­ni­ties. That may be in­tim­i­dat­ing at first, but meet­ing new peo­ple is one of the best ways to grow per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. This is be­cause in­ter­ac­tion with new peo­ple ex­poses you to new thoughts and ideas, helps de­velop your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, builds-up your list of re­sources and in­tro­duces you to po­ten­tial clients.

4. Builds con­fi­dence When you make the move to a new job, you’ll have to work on your con­fi­dence, be­cause you’ll have to dress to im­press for in­ter­views, ex­plain what you do well and fi­nally show off those power poses that you’ve been prac­tic­ing.

5. Gives chance to learn some­thing new. Ad­di­tion­ally, learn­ing com­bats bore­dom, stim­u­lates your mind and al­lows you to share that knowl­edge with oth­ers.

Be­gin­ning a new job will give you the chance to learn plenty of new in­for­ma­tion, since you’ll be ex­pected to get fa­mil­iar with a new work sys­tem and pos­si­bly a new set of skills if you’re chang­ing po­si­tions.

If you’re sold on chang­ing jobs, here are a hand­ful of tips to help you get on your way.

• Freshen up your re­sume. While you can still use your pre­vi­ous re­sume, you should up­date it so that in­cludes new in­for­ma­tion, such as cur­rent work ex­pe­ri­ence or any classes that you’ve taken since you last cre­ated your re­sume.

• Cre­ate a Linkedin pro­file. Linkedin is the go-to plat­form for net­work­ing and job­seek­ing. If you haven’t done so yet, cre­ate a pro­file. If you do have a pro­file, make sure that it has been up­dated with rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion and a re­cent photo.

• Use your cur­rent net­work. There’s no shame in reach­ing out to friends, fam­ily, col­leagues and even for­mer co-work­ers when search­ing for a new job. They may know of a lo­ca­tion that has an open­ing. If not, you can use them as a re­source when ap­ply­ing.

• Net­work, net­work, net­work. Get your face out there as much as pos­si­ble. Whether it’s an in­dus­try event, alumni mixer or meetup, there’s no short­age of net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for you to use when on the job hunt.

• Nar­row the search down to find the right job. As men­tioned ear­lier, take this op­por­tu­nity to find a job that you re­ally want. You can do so by mak­ing a list of po­si­tions or com­pa­nies that you would want to work for.

• Don’t sweat the small stuff. Mis­takes are a part of life. I’m sure Steve Har­vey is kick­ing him­self over the re­cent Miss Uni­verse 2015 mishap, but even a blun­der like an­nounc­ing the wrong con­test win­ner can be a good thing (as long it goes vi­ral). Just re­mem­ber that for all the neg­a­tives out there over your mis­takes, there are just as many peo­ple root­ing for you and back­ing you up as you own up to the mis­take and fix it.

How will you start 2016? — En­tre­pre­neur

A NEW job builds con­fi­dence.

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