Don't be afraid to step out and pursue new job opportunities.
Are you disconnected from your work? Feel like your job is taking a toll on your personal life? Those are two signs that a career change is in order, according to the Northeastern University Graduate Programs article "6 Signs It's Time to Change Jobs." Or maybe you've been in your current role for many years or you are re-entering work and don't know where to begin. In "Take Charge of Your Career Path," Lisa Spinelli highlights how job searching and interviewing have changed in recent years and how you can pursue the career you really want.
First determine how you want to spend your time. Then you can approach your job search using an outbound or inbound method—or a combination of the two.
Outbound job searching, often considered a traditional approach, involves searching job boards for open positions and applying. It can also involve solving a problem for a company for which you want to work. Research a pain point the organization is trying to solve and offer the employer a remedy for free. Doing so showcases your skills and how you could be an asset to the company.
With the inbound method, you attract an employer and job offer without actively applying for a role. You position yourself as a thought leader in the field, either in your current field or in one you aspire to, by writing articles or sharing and commenting on others' postings, for example.
These tips were adapted from the March 2022 issue of TD at Work. Learn more at td.org/TDatWork.