If you’re bored with your current job or feel you’re stuck in a no-win situation with no chance of advancement it may be time to seek a better job. But, as the saying goes, don’t give up your day job just yet. At least until you’ve found something better unless you have a working spouse who’s very understanding.
Ask yourself what you’d like to be doing. Consider all your special interests and skills. Where do you excel at the present time and where did you excel in school? You need to set some near term and long term goals.
Start with examining your present job to see if there’s any chance of advancement or change of jobs within the company. Talk to your boss or company counselor to find out your options.
Don’t threaten them with leaving or express unhappiness with what you’re doing. Just let them know you want to do better and ask what they can do to help. Most companies will do what they can to help you be the best you can be. If the employee is interested in doing better it’s usually better for the company.
Determine what you’re qualified for and if it doesn’t fit with what you want then get qualified by attending school, taking special classes or reading books. Be realistic with your job expectations. Few people start at the top. Update your resume, highlighting your strengths and education. If you prepare the resume yourself double-check it for accuracy and neatness.
A good interview can be your springboard to a new and better job. Start with dressing for success or what is appropriate for the job you’re seeking. Better to dress up than dress down. Make good eye contact and show enthusiasm and knowledge about the position you’re applying for. Never speak badly about your former or current employer.