|By Bill Radin
©1998 Innovative Consulting, Inc.
You and I are lucky — we live in a world rich in possibilities. Besides being able to select from an unlimited variety of occupations, we also have the right to find happiness in our daily work.
If you’re considering a job change, it’s probably for one of three reasons:
Whatever your personal, professional, or situational reasons may be, you’re motivated by the desire to improve your level of job satisfaction and make a change.
THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION
In order to translate your needs into results, let’s begin by evaluating your present position — it’s the first step in any job change.
Often, I discover that people are hard pressed to come up with solid answers about the specific nature of their work. Try this exercise: On a sheet of paper, write a complete, current job description in which you list your daily activities and their expected, measurable results. This exercise will not only help you clarify your own perception of your work; it’ll be useful later on when you begin to construct a resume and communicate to others exactly what you’ve done.
THE POSITIVE POWER OF VALUES
I use the term values as a descriptor of personal priorities; as a yardstick to help you:
Although it’s fairly simple to decipher which daily tasks you really enjoy, the task of scrutinizing your personal priorities can be tricky.That’s because there are often factors unrelated to your job that can come into play. The point is, we all have highly personal motivations which guide our career choices.
THE DESCRIPTION MAKEOVER
Now that you know how to clearly define your values, the next step is to describe the changes you’d like to make in your new job.
YOUR JOB CHANGING STRATEGY
If you were to look at your career from a purely strategic point of view, I could give you four good reasons why it makes sense to change jobs within the same or similar industry three times during your first ten years of employment:
Many people view a job change as a way of promoting themselves to a better position. In most cases, I would agree. However, you should always be sure your new job offers you the means to satisfy your values. Your responsibility when contemplating a change is to evaluate what’s most important to you. Whether you focus on a single aspect of your job , or on the overall nature of the job you’d like to improve.
The more clearly you connect your values with your work, the greater the potential for job satisfaction.