How to Work Towards Job Satisfaction
By Careers Desk
Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
An alarming amount of people are currently unsatisfied with their career. This trend also seems to be coinciding with increasing difficulty of achieving a good work/life balance. In short, a lot of people are spending more time than ever in jobs in which they don’t feel happy. The Onion reports that the solution may be unemployment, thus having no job to worry about at all. Of course, The Onion is a satirical site. We all need to work. And, as some readers may well be aware, unemployment is no picnic.
Are you unhappy where you are now? Perhaps it’s time to leave and find a new job. Maybe your hand was forced recently and you’re currently out of work. Unemployment is dispiriting, even with the lack of a nightmare employer. In both of these scenarios, it’s important to be careful about your next job choice.
So how do you go about finding a job that will won’t tear away at your soul? Here are some tips.
Figure out what you want to do
Make a list of jobs that appeal to you. Maybe you’ve always thought about a particular career since a young age. Write them down as soon as they come to your mind. Don’t stress yourself out by trying to place them in any order before writing them down.
Consider your hobbies and passions. Think about the kind of job that might appeal to those. This is probably the most important step when it comes to finding job satisfaction. Find out more about the psychology of job satisfaction at http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/07/10-psychological-keys-to-job-satisfaction.
Research people currently employed in that discipline
Once you’ve got a few possible career paths written down, it’s time to do some research. Do an Internet search for message boards relating to those pursuits. You’ll find a wealth of opinions and tips from people who are on that career path.
Use these message boards, as well as social network sites, to speak directly to people in that profession. They may tell you where exactly they work, but usually they’ll keep that information to themselves. Don’t ask them for information they may not feel like giving away. Keep it non-specific, about the profession in general. How did they get started? Why? Do they enjoy it?
Find the companies and research them
Once you’ve settled on a pursuit or two, it’s time to find companies that hire from that discipline. Searching job sites with keywords relevant to your interest will help you pin down some candidates. Once you’ve found some openings, read through them carefully.
With the name of the company in your mind, you should find out more about their reputation. Are their employees satisfied? Do they have a good human resources department? Does their work philosophy match yours? A good job advertisement will include a lot of this info already. A good example can be found at http://jobapplicationcenter.com/department-store-job-applications/lowes-application.
Put your all into the job
Even with a job matching your personality and interests, it’s still a job. It will be time-consuming and often difficult. But don’t approach it without a positive attitude and the willingness to exceed expectations. Your mindset while on the job is extremely important when it comes to job satisfaction. Read more on work positivity at http://www.the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com/positive-attitude-at-the-work-place.html.