Groundskeeper Willie: Ach Wendel. Tis a mighty puddle of puke.
Wendel: I'm sorry.
Groundskeeper Willie: That's all right lad. You reminded me of why I got into this work in the first place.
Most of us have been enamored with the silly antics of The Simpsons. We all get a good chuckle and can relate to the blue-collar comedy. Some of us might reflect upon the conversation between Groundskeeper Willie and Wendel and have fond memories of why we chose the job we are in right now. However, I would bet money that some of us would begin to question why we have the job we have now. If you're questioning your position, your company or whether you work with a bunch of monkeys day in and day out, then you need to read on.
So, you're unhappy at work. What do you do now?
First, make a list of all the reasons you chose your current job. Have your priorities changed? Have you outgrown your job? Were promises made that were not kept? Maybe it just wasn't what you thought it was going to be. Maybe it was a bridge job until you could find that perfect job. Whatever the reasons, they are all valid. But stop and think if there is a possibility that some of the circumstances of your dissatisfaction can be changed. Have a conversation with your supervisor to determine if there is a possibility to adjust your work environment. Maybe you could transfer into a different department or maybe you need to plot a career path for advancement in your current company. Think things through before you decide to resign. One of the hot buttons for employers is the number of jobs you have held in the past three to five years. You do not want to be seen as a "job hopper." If moving on is the best choice, then plan your move.
How do you move on?
Identify what you like to do, what you do well and what you don't like to do. This will help you reduce time looking at job postings or applying to jobs that do not fit your requirements or skills set. Take into account how far you are willing to travel for a new position on a daily basis. It is great to get a $100 a week raise for accepting a new position but if you're spending an extra hour of drive time daily and an extra $40 in gas weekly, is that a good trade off? If you don't like working second shift, how long will you be happy working that shift before you start looking for a new job, regardless of the pay scale? Some sacrifices are truly insignificant but don't compromise on issues that will affect your health, your safety or your family commitments.
Once you have narrowed your job interests, it's time to put that attention getting resume together. There are many resume services out there but you can do it yourself with a little help from your friendly computer. Most computer software has templates for different types of resumes to include resumes for recent college grads that might focus on their college accomplishments, GPA or extra curricular activities to someone making a job transition, which will focus on experience and accomplishments. Take a tour of Microsoft Office in the templates section to see examples of resumes so you can find one that best suits your experience.
Where do you send your resume?
There are numerous job search engines you can utilize. You can spend hours a day searching websites and responding to recruiters looking at your resume. You must determine how much time you are willing to put into your search. If you are still employed while searching, your time is limited based on your work schedule since your supervisor might frown upon surfing the net at your current job while looking for a new job. So take advantage of posting your resume on websites that will give you the best exposure for the type of position you're searching for now. Obviously, you want to post your resume on www.employmentguide.com so that employers will seek you for your experience and qualifications. Employers search databases daily to find the most qualified candidates based on key words in your resume. If you're great at sales, make sure you include that in your resume. Give supporting bullet points of how you increased your sales from one sales period to another. If you have certifications and/or licenses that are important for the position you're applying make sure to list those certifications and licenses that you currently possess, particularly if the job posting states those as a requirement of the job. Your resume is the first impression most employers will get of you. You've always heard, "Dress for success," and the same applies to your resume. Make it neat, punctual and well organized. See our website for more job seeker tips.
Now, the real fun begins.
You've put yourself out there and now you have to start making good decisions about interviewing, job proposals, acceptance terms and many more factors. The Employment Guide website has great information on how to investigate an industry, compare companies, etc. Make sure you do some investigation on the company before you do a phone interview or in person interview. Take the initiative so that you can make a strong and knowledgeable presentation during your interview. You are the final factor in your success. Good luck and good job-hunting.
As Homer would say,
"On your marks, get set, D'oh!"
Don't get stumbled at the finish line! Plan your next job transition.