The vast majority of Americans are bored, alienated or have otherwise psychologically “checked out” of their jobs.
That’s according to a Gallup poll that concluded that 70% of Americans aren’t engaged in the work they do.
If you’re in that group, it might be time for an honest self-appraisal.
Ask yourself: What are you good at? What skills do you possess, and which are transferable to other kinds of roles or other industries? What kind of work environment and corporate culture best fit your personality?
You need to take the time to reflect on who you are and what you want to achieve in your career.
To get to where you ultimately want to be, you will need to step back from your own desires to look at yourself from the other side of the hiring table.
If, for example, you have experience managing projects, but don’t want to be a project manager, make a list of the skills you have utilized to be successful so far. Perhaps you have become an expert in contract negotiation, planning and training.
Make sure you don’t jump from the frying pan into the fire. Before you start applying to a whole new array of opportunities, don’t just rely on your gut feeling or sense that something would be really interesting or a great opportunity. Do you due diligence.
To us, that process can (and should) including turning to a staffing firm like Apprentice Personnel.
We can match you with temporary and project-based assignments so you can get a better idea of what life is like in your new area of focus.
We also can help you find a full-time job in your new chosen field, a search that can be challenging if you don’t have a proven track record or an established network to lean on.
Temporary jobs can be a great way to gain experience, try out a new career to see if you enjoy it, find work in a new city, get your foot in the door for a permanent position, or allow you flexibility for family or other commitments.
About the Author
Will has enjoyed a 20-year career in leadership positions in the hospitality and travel industry throughout the U.S. with the Hyatt, Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance and Steamboat Ski and Resort corporations. Will received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2000-2007, he served as President and CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Vice President-Special Projects for the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Will is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and former member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is married to Nan, has five wonderful children, and enjoys coaching, traveling, hiking, golfing and skiing.