According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 19 percent of American workers are unsatisfied with their careers. That’s nearly one in five, and that means there’s a whole lot of people trudging off to work each day with heavy hearts. If you’re on the millions seeking better pay, security, coworker relationships, and opportunities to use your skills, read the following “4 Expert Tips for Fearlessly Your Career.” They’re the work of Forbes contributor Drew Hendricks, and they just might turn your life around.
1. Give Yourself a Chance — As Hendricks writes, you don’t want to “get eliminated before you apply,” so be sure to submit high-quality resumes that are free of typos and set at the appropriate length. As per Laszlo Bock, the SVP of People Operations at Google, your resume should be one page for every 10 years you’ve worked, and it shouldn’t contain any confidential info from past employers.
2. Overcome the Fear — Changing careers is scary. There’s something to be said for the safety of the status quo and the promise of a steady paycheck. But according to Susan Biali, M.D., of Psychology Today, the stress associated with making major changes can be a good thing. “Most of the time, anxiety means something really great is going on and that I’m moving through new territory in the direction of my dreams,” she says. Biali recommends writing down what you’re afraid of; it’ll be easier to deal with that way.
3. Embrace Authenticity — When you change careers, you need to take an honest look at what your skills are and how they correspond with the type of job you’re seeking. One first step, says Kahtleen O’Grady, a career coach who specializes in “authentic leadership,” is vowing never to compromise your principles. “When what you do for a living goes from a means to earn an income to an absolute moral imperative, you have found your life’s calling,” O’Grady says.
4. Try an Assessment — If you’re having trouble figuring out what your next move should be, try an online career assessment. Hendricks recommends one at the Daily Muse, but there are plenty to choose from.