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If you’re sitting at your computer thinking I can’t believe another Christmas has come and gone and I’m still here. Read on.

Now that the excitement and wonder of Christmas is over and polite conversations with your colleagues about your Christmas break have already dried up, reality has well and truly sunk in.

You’re back at your desk, with the same tasks in front of you, surrounded by the same people, clock-watching until it’s time to go home.

You promise yourself that this is the last time you do this – return to work feeling miserable, unmotivated and wishing you had a new job.

You used to like your job, many moons ago of course, but now it’s just the same thing day in day out.

You want more and know you can do more. You’re sick of that gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach every Sunday night when you realise you have only a few hours left of freedom before the whole rigmarole starts again.

You think tonight for sure I’m putting my C.V together. You just can’t face another day in that office.

Does this sound familiar? For 1 in 4 Irish workers it’s very much the reality right now. 

So, what are you going to do to make sure this time next year is different? To make sure you’re not stuck in the same position in 12 month’s time?

It’s time to create your next step career plan.

But where should you start and how can you make sure you land that job that up until now you’ve only been dreaming of.

There is, of course, the obvious things to do like improving your LinkedIn profile and updating your C.V but what else can you do to get ready to make the move?

Your Mindset

It all starts with your mindset.

Believing that you will find something better and focusing your energy towards having a career that you love is the first step to actually getting there.

When you’re unhappy at work it’s very easy to slip into a negative frame of mind and to stay there, even when you’re not in the office. 

Make that commitment today that you won’t let this happen to you. If you’re feeling negative about your job and every single thing about the place is annoying you, vow to make a change, for your own benefit at least!

On the other hand, maybe you’re feeling undervalued, or bored because you’re not challenged enough and it’s driving you crazy.

But instead of letting it get to you, take control of your thoughts and change your negative talk from:

Switch the narative from “ I don’t know how much more of this I can take” into “I know I’m not exactly where I need to be right now but this is a temporary situation  because I’m taking action and actively pursuing a job/career that one day I know I’ll love”

After a few days of reframing your thoughts, you may notice your mood beginning to shift.

You know that you won’t be in this job forever and even though it’s a big part of your life right now, in time it will change.

Feeling IN control of your life instead of feeling like life is happening TO you is very powerful indeed. Knowing that you are in control of your career and your life is the first step towards living the life that you truly desire.

You’ve Got To Be Clear

Once you’ve worked on the mindset you’ve got to get some clarity.

Clarity on the type of role you want. In what type of organisation. Ask yourself – are you ready to go to the next level? Or take a side step? Maybe you’re ready for a complete change?

If you don’t decide what you want from your career someone else will decide it for you.

Take the time now to find out what really matters to you because depending on how old you are, you’re going to spend a large portion of your life working.

The last thing you want to do is make a move having not done your research and realise two months in that it’s not the role for you.

Take out a blank sheet of paper and write down the things that are important to you.

I’m not just talking about the money or the perks. I’m talking about what type of role you would like – the same as you’re doing now or something with different responsibilities?

Ask yourself what type of organisation do you want to work for. Do you prefer a high level of autonomy or do you love working in a team? Is climbing the career ladder or the idea of an inclusive culture important to you?

You may never have asked yourself these questions before, but before you make the change it’s important to know exactly what you’re looking for. Your next job may not tick everything on your list but it’s a great start.

The good news for job seekers is we’re currently experiencing an employee’s market meaning Ireland is operating at full employment.

It means now is a great time to think about switching jobs, particularly if you’re unhappy or not satisfied in your current role.  

Know your Strengths (and Weaknesses)

Before you begin searching for a new job it’s also an idea to identify your key strengths and rediscover what you like about your current job.

You might like the creative side but hate the admin duties. Or you might prefer to work in a small team as opposed to working on your own.

All of this is vital information when it comes to deciding what your next job should be and can help narrow down your choices during your job search.

For example, if you absolutely hate your commute and a potential new job is adding an extra half hour commute time, chances are you’re not going to like your new role very much once the shiny newness wears off.

Now you’re clear on the role you’re looking for and the kind of organisation you would like to work for it’s time to think about investing in yourself.

If you’ve been in the same position for a while, you may need to update your skillset or do a refresher course, purely to make sure you have what employers are looking for.

It’s never been a better time to upskill with thousands of online and offline courses to choose from with LinkedIn Learning , Udemy , Ebooks and You Tube tutorials.

Ireland is currently experiencing a skills shortage in certain sectors. To get ahead of the competition do your research and add relevant in-demand skills to your repertoire to make you appear more attractive to potential employers. 

Consider Getting Some Extra Help

Our next bit of advice is to use whatever help is at your disposal. This might mean utilising your network and connections or getting some expert help from a Recruiter.

In our experience seeking the help of a Recruiter with an in-depth knowledge of the market, current recruitment trends and salary expectations can really supercharge your job search.

Not only that but it significantly increases your chances of finding the right fit.  

Trust Your Gut

The last bit of advice is to trust your gut. If there is something about a potential job that isn’t sitting well with you, don’t ignore it.

Even if you are desperate to leave your current job please don’t accept the first thing that comes your way, particularly if you’re feeling unsure.

It’s perfectly normal to feel nervous when thinking about changing jobs but if your gut is telling you it’s not the right fit – don’t hand in your notice just yet. The right job will come around in time.

At Osborne, we’re all about finding the right fit.

We take the hassle out of looking for a new job and support you every step of the way. By registering with us you’re already well on your way to securing a job that gets you excited to get out of bed in the morning.

We help with your C.V, find out what you really want from a job and when a role comes up that we think you could be perfect for, we get to work, liaising with the company and making sure you’re interview-ready. 

Think of us as your own personal job coach, someone that’s there to help you find the career and job that you love. 

We only get one shot on this earth – why waste so much of you precious time working at a job that’s not right for you.

Take that first step.

Contact Osborne today. Email your C.V to info@osborne.ie or contact our Expert Recruiters in one of our 5 Irish Office Locations.

Osborne City Centre: 01-6384400

Osborne Blanchardstown: 01-5984334

Osborne Sandyford: 01-5252457

Osborne M1 Drogheda: 041 9865058

Osborne Cork: 021 2427234

The Osborne Team

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