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Is it time for a new career?

Of course, we hope you have a job that doesn’t feel like work. However, there's a chance that you're counting down the seconds until it's time to go home. If so, do yourself a favor and start looking for your perfect job.

Passionate about work: looking forward to going into the office on a Monday morning, finding yourself thinking about ideas for the company during the weekend. Feeling bad at work: doing the bare minimum and counting down every minute until the clock strikes 6pm. In this case, it's time to look for the perfect job.

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First things first, what do you really want?

If you’re going to boost your career, you need to think about what you like doing and what you don’t like doing. Think about what these elements are alongside how much they contribute to your overall attitude and general enjoyment at work. What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

Try to identify any potential jobs that involve either your personal or professional passions. If none spring to mind, do a bit of research, look on job boards or social media and speak to a recruiter to gain a general idea of what you could achieve.

Are you ready to go out and get it?

Now that you’ve had time to prepare, research and consider what you want, ask yourself this – are you ready to start your mission to finally do what you love? The question here is whether you are mentally prepared to hunt down your future career. It is not going to be an easy journey and you will need to start by being honest with yourself to understand what is getting in your way – what is your brain block?

Perhaps you have been with your current organisation for a while, feel a sense of loyalty and attachment or simply feel hesitant about resuming that ever-daunting job search after such a long time. Perhaps you can’t quite believe there are roles which would pay you to do what you love, but really, there are! You just have to find them and have the self-belief, motivation and the guts to go out and get it.

Do you measure up?

There may be core elements of your dream role that you aren’t entirely equipped for. This doesn’t have to be a barrier to success. There are plenty of opportunities to up-skill yourself within your own time.

For instance, if you are the IT sales person wanting to secure a sponsorship role in the sports industry, look for books, blog posts or podcasts by people who work in the sporting industry and theoretically learn the tricks of the trade. Pick up the phone, do some market research, network with the right people and prepare for the year ahead.

It’s not just what you know but who you know!

Network, network, network, and then network some more. We cannot stress enough the importance of getting yourself in front of the right people. Expand your inner circle and engage with people who work in your desired field or role. You could do this using social media, attending networking events or speaking to highly competent recruiters in the field.
 

Rome wasn’t built in a day

You’ve started developing your skills, connecting with the right professionals and overall strategy so now is the time to make it happen. Motivation is key and in order to maintain your positive momentum, you need to be realistic, managing your own expectations as to how long this could take. Stay focused, visualise the list you wrote at the beginning of the process and drive yourself forward – never look back.

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