The beginning of each year is the perfect time to reassess where you are at personally, professionally, and financially. We are still in the first quarter of the year, which gives you plenty of time to prepare for that job change. Here are some steps you can take now to make sure that you successfully change sales jobs by the end of the year:
Ask yourself: why do you want a new job?
There are many reasons to change jobs or change companies, and each reason is unique to the person making the change.
The first thing to do is get deep down to the root of the problem. Why is it you want a new job?
From there, it will be easier to narrow down your job search and really focus on a few of your ideal employers. For example, if you’re looking for a new job for ethical reasons vs. something like salary or location, you will have different priorities than other job seekers. This will change the roles you are interested in and what company you will be a good fit for.
Regardless of the reason you are changing jobs, it is important that you don’t sacrifice too much of one priority to obtain another. A healthy balance of financial and personal fulfillment are needed if you are going to find a job that you are happy in.
Develop your skills
It’s never too late to learn new skills! Don’t forget – the longer you take to pursue your dreams the longer it will take you to reach them.
Visualize the job you want to fill and work towards developing the skills you need to succeed.
If you aren’t in a position where you are developing the skills you want, see if your supervisor at your current job will let you take on more job responsibilities. This may even lead to a promotion within the company; while it’s not a new company, you could have yourself a new job just by showing initiative and learning new skills. You may also want to check out some of the online courses bring offered today. There are a ton of free courses and some of them are offered from top tier universities. Showing that you are interested in lifelong learning is also very attractive to potential employers.
Keep an eye out for opportunities
The only way to get the job you want is to keep an eye out for opportunities, but this doesn’t mean that you should feel pressured to take a job you’re not sure about! If you are building a strong resume and developing essential skills, it may be in your best interest to wait until the ideal job comes along.
You may also consider the benefits of belonging to a niche marketplace like Ideal Candidate (for salespeople only).
By being a part of a hiring community such as Ideal Candidate, you are able to create a single profile and have employers reach out to you. A “set it and forget it” model that makes it really easy for the candidate.
Looking for a new job can be daunting, but don’t worry – you have time! It’s early in the year and you have the tools at your disposal to guide you through the process. Ideal Candidate is a perfect resource for keeping up with jobs that might interest you. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or one of our team members. Nothing makes us happier than finding a perfect match.
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