It’s normal to have bad days at work – and even bad weeks or months. But if you’re constantly feeling unhappy, unfulfilled or just plain miserable about your job – and these feelings haven’t gone away in quite some time – then maybe 2019 is the year when you need to make a change.

Easier said than done, right?

Step out of your discomfort zone.

It can be difficult to know what to do to launch a successful career change. But it’s important to step out of your comfort – or in the case of a horrible job, discomfort – zone and take some action.

  • Barbara Sher, author of Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want, advises against stalling. Instead, follow your passion. In her words, “Your heart has taste buds, just like your mouth.” And you need to satisfy that hunger.

Ask yourself some simple questions.

As you figure out what that first step may be, ask yourself some key questions, the answers to which would tell what your work day would look like, if you had control over it. These queries may include:

  • How would my workday be structured?
  • How would the day’s activities unfold?
  • What would I be doing for work?
  • Where would I be doing it?
  • What kind of people would I be working with?

Burnout can make you lose touch.

As noted by Sher, if you’re truly burned out – which is likely in a job that long ago lost its luster – you may lose touch with what really makes you happy. Burnout is insidious, as it often spills over into your personal life, as well.

Sher presents a simple mindfulness exercise that can help you combat the devastating effects of burnout – and lead to down the path of finding a more rewarding position. She suggests using a scale of 1 (awful) to 10 (heavenly) to give the actions, people and things in your life a happiness ranking. She calls these rankings “H levels.”

  • By assigning H levels, you’ll soon become more in touch with various aspects of your life and work – and how satisfying they really are for you. Shoot for levels of 7 or above.

Focus on the positive.

As you set foot on the road to a job change, look for any positive aspects of your current position, even if you detest almost everything about it. This is another way to form a clear image of what needs to change. And, during the transition, it will make your life a lot more bearable.

Avoid Analysis Paralysis

Changing jobs this year doesn’t mean you have to commit to something that will last forever. Instead, focus on where you’d like to be in five to seven years. It’s like any other major undertaking: Breaking it into smaller, more manageable pieces helps to get it started – and get it done.

  • Also like any other project, this finite window helps you plan SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely – goals for your job search. And that’s exactly how you need to approach this. Because, after all, you are your most important lifetime project, right?

Partnering with the right job search agency is critically important as you make your job transition. If your field is engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, cybersecurity, logistics or supply chain management, consider working with TRC Professional Solutions. We’ll help you design your search strategy and uncover career-building opportunities nationwide. Contact us today to learn more.

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