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  • What You Should Know Before You Find a New Job

    Are you dreaming of finding a new job?

    Data indicate that job ads are read more thoroughly during vacation breaks. Many people start

    thinking about finding a new job when they have some time off from their current one.

    I think that it is positive that you find some time during your vacation to ponder where you are in

    life and whether you have found your vocation. However, before you decide on finding a new

    job, you should think about this:

    Are you currently feeling that you are in a situation where you go to work solely because you

    have to and not because you really want to? That doesnt make sense in the long run. We will simply burn out if we keep on doing something that we dont really want to for a long period of time. It may be necessary for a short while to hold down a job just to be able to pay the rent, but

    if you look at things in a greater perspective, you should aspire to find something to do that will

    at least give you the satisfaction of having more good than bad days.

    I would like to share what I take into consideration when I receive job offers before I decide on

    saying yes or no.

    You have the power to influence whether you feel happy in your current job!

    Before you decide on saying yes to a new job, you should carefully consider if you just need a

    long vacation, if you are just feeling bored, or if you really do need a new job.

    Question 1: Am I satisfied in my current job?

    Answer:

    Yes, absolutely.

    Yes, I think so.

    I am not sure.

    No, not really.

    No, absolutely not.

    Question 2: Have I achieved everything that I can in my current job?

    Answer:

    Yes, absolutely.

    Yes, I think so.

    I am not sure.

    No, not really.

  • No, absolutely not.

    How did you answer?

    Should you change jobs?

    In order to figure out whether you should change jobs, you can ask yourself the following

    questions:

    On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how happy am I about my job in

    general?

    On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how happy am I about the professional

    aspects of my work?

    On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how happy am I about my working

    conditions (e.g., company, schedule, responsibilities)?

    If you are uncertain about whether to change jobs, then consider what you can do to make your

    current job more exciting and challenging. It is often possible for you to create the desired

    opportunities. It is all about having the courage to pursue these opportunities.

    The claim that I am making is supported by various researchers and dissertations on happiness.

    Studies indicate that 50% of your happiness is affected by your genes and 10% is controlled by

    personal circumstances (marital status, financial status, health). You can influence the

    remaining 40%.

    As mentioned, happiness at the workplace can be achieved by you simply deciding to do

    something completely different or to make some changes at your current workplace. For

    example, you could ask the management to have a look at your job description and perhaps

    adjust it to better match you and your competences.

    You should feel that your job is meaningful and that it challenges you both personally and

    professionally. Challenges can be big or small, but you must feel at least a little bit challenged.

    If you answered that you are absolutely certain that a job switch is the right direction for you,

    you have to consider very carefully where you want to go. You have to think about whether you

    are just moving away from something or are actually going to a place where you really want to

    be.

    What is a meaningful job for you?

    What should you really be doing, and where should you work? Do you remember any situation,

    task, topic, hobby, individual, etc., that made you feel really motivated and that you enjoyed

    working with?

  • If you are unsure about whether you are working within the right field, you should think about

    what the right career is for you!

    What career?

    What would be the perfect working life for you? What does career mean to you?

    Career is not the same as a lot of money and prestige. It can be to some people, but a real career

    entails you working with something that you enjoy and are good at, if you ask me.

    Your career can be many thingswe are talking about your working life, and there are many directions to take. No direction is more correct than others.

    It is my experience that success doesnt always lead to happiness. I know people who are very successful, but they are bored and not feeling very happy with what they do.

    Success isnt always success

    I am of the opinion that a happy working life is created through interesting job content, talented

    colleagues (actually, they should be much more talented than I am), varying work tasks, and

    demanding partners.

    The chicken and the egg

    You should thoughtfully analyze what you can do, what you are good at, and what you feel

    passionate about.

    What is your passion? What makes you most happy in life?

    My passion is . . . Im passionate about working with . . .

    ____________________________________________________

    What should you be working with?

    Dont be too critical of yourselfbut be honest: what do you honestly do best?

    What is your true career? Anything can be a careeras long as it is legal. ;-) Some people dont think that a hobby can become a career. A hobby can become your career if you are passionate about it. Think about all of the successful people who are living untraditional

    yet good lives. They can be anythingtattoo artists, racing drivers, equestrians, painters, lecturers, managers, consultants, reviewers, musicians, IT nerds, and so on.

  • Can any of those hobbies become a career? If yes, how?

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    When you have discovered what you are passionate about, you can start identifying your

    strengths and opportunities.

    List your strengths in the left column.

    List your opportunities in the right column.

    My strengths My opportunities

    Question for you:

    What does a good working day look like for you? List five characteristics of a good day:

    1.

    2.

    3.

    4.

    5.

    Casting of companies

    Crisis or no crisisit is good for all of us to continuously consider our working situation. By doing so, we can become better prepared to make the right choice about where we can or should

    be working to obtain the best conditions and to bring out the best in ourselves and our lives.

    Casting of company, manager, colleagues, and employees

    If you are considering starting a new job, promise me that you will analyze your new company

    thoroughly.

    It happens too often that you see a job ad or hear about a job, attend a couple of job interviews,

    and then perhaps get the job. You start in the job and find out that the job has been oversold to

    you. It happens that companies arent completely honest with you about what their challenges are.

  • Here are a couple of examples:

    During the interview: We are a small close-knit company with a long history behind us. Our customers are very satisfied with our performance. We have unique products and few

    competitors. We sell all over the world without any problems. Our products are certified, and

    now the challenge is just to get them into more markets. We just spent several months developing

    a five-year strategic plan, and we expect massive growth in the future, which will allow

    everybody to be richly awarded for their efforts. We expect to grow 20% over the next five

    years.

    Reality: Only a few months later, it becomes clear that the products are certified in only a few

    countries and that the strategy is based on theoretical work and not on real market data.

    The sales manager, who has access to the most important data about what is actually happening

    in the market, did not even participate in the strategy work, which is a fatal mistake.

    Furthermore, subsequent interviews with some of the largest and most important customers show

    that they are extremely unsatisfied with the company and are considering terminating the

    collaboration. To make it even more dramatic, the members of the management team arent working very well together, and there is a lot of intrigue in the organization. People do not like

    one another and are hardly on speaking terms. It turns out that the employees are poorly

    managed, and last but not least, the company isnt really earning any money.

    Would you say yes to work for this company? Unfortunately, for most people, the answer to that

    question is yes, because they do not gather sufficient information before accepting a job position.

    We dont demand to meet a couple of clients and colleagues in order to establish as good a picture of the company as possible before making our decision about whether to accept the job.

    If you are to become successful, you have to keep in mind that you dont create success on your own. Success is created together with other people. Wouldnt you like to know more about the team that you will become a part of or are responsible for?

    If you dareand you shouldyou should request to speak with one to three key employees before you accept the job. The kno