AUSTIN (KXAN) — Nearly 4 in 10 workers in the United States plan to change jobs in the next year, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments. If you’re considering a career change and aren’t sure how to play your next move, career strategist Julie Bauke said a good place to start is to think, plan and execute.
“It’s like any good project. You start with the end in mind, when you say, “I want to have a better job”, when you say, “I want to change careers”, what does that mean to you? So you have to be very specific and very clear about what it looks like and then take a step back and plan backwards,” Bauke said. “In other words, if this is where I want to end up, how do I write my CV, my LinkedIn profile? Who can I connect with? How do I tell my story? In other words, where do I put my fishing rod. And that’s what a lot of people fail to do is they go out and start, you know, throwing stuff at the wall and hoping for something to land, which is not a right strategy in any of these areas of our lives.
Bauke said one mistake she sees people make is starting before they know what they’re looking for.
“Sometimes we are so miserable where we are that we just want to do something else to make the pain go away. And so we turn kind of a dumb joke into something that’s not going to be better,” Bauke explained. “The first thing you want to do if you’re unhappy at work is figure out what’s wrong where you are, what you want more or less of and never again and how can you get it. .”
Sometimes it’s just a matter of talking. She points out that you could achieve a change without leaving your company.
“Typically, you love your organization, but you’ve become stale in your role and maybe you want to move into a different role or just change your job a bit, start where you are and have those conversations where you are,” Bauke said.
Bauke said to find a good fit and not be afraid to get out from behind the computer and connect with people.
“We rely too much on technology rather than really leveraging the relationships we have and connecting with others who might be able to help us get a foot in the door. And our overreliance on technology, it’s a really easy trap to fall into, especially if you’re really busy in other parts of our lives,” Bauke said. “And what happens is just a lot of frustration, because everybody does the same. And your CV might never be seen, even if you’re the perfect person for the job. And so, connecting with people, getting out front, getting out from behind your computer screen and really clarifying what you want and getting out there and communicating it.
Even if you don’t quit your job, other people could change the way your business works for the better.
“I think if we could change that number of people who are unhappy at work, if we could really change that, I think it would go up. I think it would improve business performance. I think it would improve health, wealth and relationships. And so I think there’s a real societal benefit to people moving on and becoming happier at work that maybe we haven’t factored in.
Although many are dissatisfied with their current workplace, there are signs that some are hopeful for the year ahead. According to Fidelity Investments, this year more than 6 in 10 Americans (62%) feel optimistic about the future despite the unknown, and 72% are confident they will be in better financial shape in 2022.