It’s the beginning of a New Year again, and the best time to ask, “Are you satisfied with your career as it exists?” Where are you today compared to where you would like to be. Whether you are employed, self-employed or unemployed, the start of a New Year is the best time to re-evaluate your career, and make the necessary changes to ensure that you get out of it more than you expect from it.
Given the recent economy, a lot of us seem satisfied to just be employed, but would just being employed cut it in today’s ever increasing competitive work environment. The answer to that question is actually No! An employee that is just happy to be employed is a ‘safe’ employee. They do things they way they’ve been asked to, they try not to be creative – they don’t want to rock the boat. Problem is, they eventually will.
‘Safe’ employees are known not to be high producers, they don’t drive innovation and while they can help a company stay stable, they don’t often contribute to its growth. When employers need talent, ‘safe’ employees are the first to go. Having a great career, one that you actually enjoy, brings out a lot of good things about you, such as your passion, enthusiasm, and creativity. You are a happy employee (not ‘safe’) and it shows in your work-place contributions.
Think about what your career did for you in the previous year apart from getting your bills paid. Yes! The security any job offers is very important, but there are other things that we should expect from our careers. A great career should give you an opportunity to make use of your skills and experience, allow you a certain amount of decision-making, give you an opportunity to grow and excel, to interact and network with others, and should recognize and compensate your efforts.
Most successful individuals do not work for just the money. Money is the by-product of a great career. If you do not feel passionate about what you do, believe in the people you work with and the product or service that you produce, if you feel you cannot make contributions to your workplace, or hate getting up in the morning to go to work and feel deflated and insecure at the end of a workday, then it must be time to switch careers or as I like to say, reinvent yourself.
“Yeah right” you say, I was out of work for a couple of years and now that I am working you want me to reinvent me? “Yes!” The best time to reinvent oneself for a career that is not working is while you are employed; because at such a time, you have something to bounce back to. Nonetheless, you can reinvent your career while unemployed with equal success. A lot of entrepreneurs were borne out of unemployment, and major career changes are made at this time too.
During the next few months, I will guide you through reinventing yourself for a career that is not working for you; and offer you professional advice for creating a great career. One that you will enjoy, be passionate about, and grow with. Enjoy free tips from my experience as a former recruiter, a recruiter industry strategist and trainer, one who has been on both sides of the employment table and one who has guided many to achieve the job of their dreams.
Stay with me, and let’s hope that this year becomes the beginning of many great years in your career life. Happy New Year everyone!