No matter why you're on the job hunt, you're bound to find out that the landscape has changed since you last looked for work. The good news is as the first of the baby boomers retire, employers are facing a shortage of qualified employees, giving job hunters a sizable advantage. Unfortunately, thanks to technology and an ever increasing demand for productivity in the workplace, your new job will be a lot more demanding than your last. According to author Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who studies employment trends as the president of the Center for Work-Life Policy in New York, the average work week for many has stretched from 40 to 50 hours and in some cases soars as high as 70 hours. Even part-timers are working what used to be close to a full-time week. So where ever you land, expect your new job to hold a more rigorous schedule than jobs that you have held in the past.
If you're going to be working harder, it's even more important to get a job you'll really like-a job that will not only help you meet your financial and career goals, but will also reward your psyche, by stimulating your creativity and giving you that feeling of accomplishment that sometimes only the workplace (and of course, that paycheck) can provide.
How do you get started? For most of us, this is the biggest obstacle we face when it comes to finding a new job. It's just so hard to get started. There's no real deadline and nobody breathing down your neck to make sure you send that resume or call that contact. So take advantage of this time to create a strong and clear job seeking strategy. Keep the following in mind while working on your job search:
- What you love to do? What have you dreamed of doing in the past? What do you naturally enjoy doing? Jot down what comes to mind, no matter how improbable it seems.
- Think outside the box. Take note of projects or topics that stir your compassion or excite your imagination. Reflect on stories of people you admire. Ask yourself why certain activities make you happy, and pay attention to those things you really enjoy doing.
- Be patient. Remember that your search may take some time and you might have to go down a few different roads before finding the right career path. Time and introspection will help you identify the activities you most enjoy and that bring you true satisfaction.
Once you have figured out which career path looks promising, you can begin weighing important considerations, like salary and work/life balance. After taking a close examination of what your career goals and objectives are, you will be best equipped to start on your next task of how to find the job that is right for you!
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