“I can’t STAND my job!!! I want to look for another job … but I don’t know what I should do for a living.”
We hear this comment frequently. Our answer is always the same, “Welcome to reality.” We know that’s not what you expect to hear, but the reality is it’s rare to find that perfect company to work for where you enjoy work, managers and coworkers. Whenever you begin to feel dissatisfied or not valued, you will begin pondering, “What should I do for a living?”
Here are 5 steps to figure out what to do for a living.
1. Know your industry expertise and transferable skills.
Industry expertise means your acquired knowledge-base in an industry. Examples of industry include healthcare, transportation, finance, commercial real estate, education etc.
Transferable skills are skills you have learned that can work in any industry. For example, bi-lingual, managing employees, sales, managing a budget, maintaining client relationships, etc.
2. Make a list of companies you would like to work for — your “target companies.” Explore:
• software companies that are in your industry expertise,
• competitors to your current company (assuming your industry expertise is with the firm you are currently with),
• consulting companies that are in your industry expertise
• companies with high employee satisfaction
3. Use LinkedIn to “follow” your target companies. When you follow these companies, you will be notified of new position openings.
4. Read job descriptions of various opportunities. The more job descriptions you read, the more you’ll figure out what you like and what you don’t like.
5. Start interviewing (i.e., just jump in and swim) — every interview will bring you closer to what makes sense for you.
Stay positive and focused. Dedicate at least 2 hours every night towards your search. Also remember, there is no ideal job. Thank goodness for other aspects of life like family, friends and volunteer efforts. Contact us if you need help.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Her firm bridges the gap between financial planning and coaching. As a Transition Consultant, she offers sage advice in all aspects of life – financial, personal and professional. Niv does not manage money and does not sell financial products. Her services include spending plan development, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”