Putting your work in context

This blog focuses on how satisfied you are with your career and if you currently have the opportunity in your job to develop your skills, and even more importantly, exceed your potential.

If you are considering changing your job, and / or your career it is worth exploring your answers to the questions below:

What is your main purpose for doing the job you do?

What made you choose the work you currently do?

What percentage of your time do you spend?

  • Feeling stressed
  • Feeling bored
  • Feeling stimulated
  • Enjoying your work

Would you choose your job again knowing what you know now………..?

If you are beginning to doubt yourself and the work that you do, then something dramatic needs to change in your working environment. Staying in a job or career that makes you feel bad about yourself as a person is never going to be worth it, no matter what the pay or benefits. If you’re starting to lose motivation in your work, and feeling  like you are exhausted, chances are you are nearing burnout. You may be compromising several things, including your happiness, and your health.

Ask yourself the question, if you could leave your job right now (and remain financially secure), would you………? If the answer is yes then you need to start working out how you’re going to do that.

Choose where you want to go next ……What is it you actually want to do? What cause do you want to represent? What cause are you passionate about? What do you like in your job and what do you hate? Covering your cost of living is important, but working for an organisation you’re passionate about can be so much more rewarding.

Once you’ve answered these questions you should have a good idea about what direction you need to take.

Without being biased, it is worth approaching a specialist recruitment agency, or a Headhunter who understands your motivations and career aspirations. Not only will they have vacancies that might be a match to your skillset but they will have a good understanding of trends within the market and what employers are looking for in candidates. A recruitment agency can be a professional pair of eyes and ears on the job market….so even if you’re at work or very busy, you know that somebody is job searching on your behalf! Your best sources of this information are people who have knowledge of the occupations, and the sector in which you are interested.

Even if there isn’t a live vacancy with an organisation you would like to work for, it is worth remembering a recruitment agency can approach them on your behalf (with your permission of course). It is also worth bearing in mind that not all vacancies are necessarily advertised by agencies, especially posts at executive level. It is worth keeping track of who you have contacted and when, so you can avoid duplicate applications and stay on top of it all.

Maintain your motivation by laying out a realistic timetable for the next few months (or more) to get you through the stages of searching, applying, interviewing and working your notice. That might take months, or even longer for some, so don’t beat yourself up on week two for not yet having a new job.

While you are waiting, it’s a good idea to ask yourself the following:

  • Is my CV up-to-date?
  • Do you have your most recent post, responsibilities, training, courses, qualifications or certificates laid out in a clear, concise way?
  • Is my LinkedIn public profile visible and up to date, and can people connect to me?
  • Does it reflect the experience on your CV? Do you have your skills and endorsements updated?

It is also worth reminding yourself prior to handing in your resignation, that your current employer, your colleagues and your clients could be your key to your future jobs with other companies. Do not burn any bridges……..however tempting it may be!

Know what your strengths are, know what you want from your career and why you want it, and you’ll quickly be able to identify potential employers and companies that’ll deliver on your next career goals.


Putting your work in Context – Written by Donna McKay 1st August 2018.

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