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How To Prepare For Your Next Job

In today’s world, secure full-time jobs are scarce. We are into a labour economy of instability, outsourcing, part-time and contract work. Fuelled by a convergence of factors, from globalization to recession to new technology the expression “the only constant is change” has never been truer than now. So, whether you love your job or not, you must probably give at least some thought to your next career move.

How To Prepare For Your Next Job. Here Are Some Tips:

 

1. Make Sure Your Network Is Warm

The best way to start preparing yourself for the future is by getting yourself out of your comfort zone and meeting new people. Whether it’s through conscious networking efforts or simply volunteering and heading to industry events, expanding your network is an important step in preparing for the next phase of your career. If you ask many people how they got their current jobs, and you’ll often hear that it’s a case of being in the right place at the right time or of knowing the right people. So, stay in touch with your contacts constantly, so you can always be on their radar. You’ll be much more successful getting people to help you if you’re good about reaching out periodically to check in.

 

2. Build Expertise

Maybe you are thinking of moving up a step on the career ladder but need additional education or training. Now is the perfect opportunity to be building that expertise, whether that’s through structured training and certification programs or more self-driven experiences like writing a blog or taking an online class. Always remember, continuous learning is the best insurance against loss of work and income.

 

3. Learn Something New

During times of change and uncertainty, it’s important to seed as many new paths as possible. You should be inventive and ready to open yourself up to unorthodox ideas and becoming an active participant in what will come next. You must be willing to step off the well-trodden path, you must see this as a process of discovery for some new or different you. Talk to as many people as you can, discuss possibilities, draft a new business plan, imagine a new role, take a course, and think of how you can help others.

 

4. Push For Results

Your achievements in your current job will definitely help you in your next job. Make notes of your achievements and work on some new ones. This might mean pushing for more projects or taking the initiative to do things that aren’t necessarily “your job.” Whatever you do, make sure that when you leave you can clearly articulate your impact on a variety of projects.

 

5. Figure Out Your Values

Start keeping notes on what makes you happy in your job and what makes you run away from it. You can benefit from figuring out what your career values are. Knowing, for example, that you care about recognition, but don’t really care about commute time, is a huge leap forward in figuring out what kind of position will make you happy in the future.

 

6. Embrace Change

Resistance to change will only make you miserable. If circumstances will not turn out the way you want them, embrace the situation. Embracing the situation can help you deal with the change effectively, make the necessary shifts in your life to embrace the change, and help yourself to move forward after the event.

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