It happens to the best of us, and it especially happens to interim professionals. You find yourself working at a job that you know just isn’t right for you. Whether it’s stress, lack of enthusiasm, overtime or simply a job you don’t believe in, you should listen to your intuition when it tells you it’s time to make a change in your career.
However, of course, it’s not just as easy as quitting your job and starting over the same day. Making a change to your career is a process that takes time and concentrated effort, but it’s definitely do-able. Don’t hold out due to fear of the unknown, but make sure you make the right decisions as you begin the transformation process.
For interim professionals, we switch jobs and clients all the time, so making a change may be easier for us than most. But sometimes the change we need to make goes deeper than working for a new firm – sometimes we want to take a different direction with the services we provide.
Relax and Reflect
Sometimes we get worked up over something at our jobs and get overly emotional all at once. If you’ve been bottling up difficulties at work, it could all reach a boiling point all at once. Before you make any rash decisions or start lashing out at your co-workers, family and friends make sure you take some time to reflect on why your career isn’t working for you, and if that is the real problem or challenge you are facing.
What about your profession do you dislike? What things do you enjoy doing? What would be your ideal role to play in a company? Relax for a period of time and truly think through these questions as you try to formulate the direction you want to take in your career.
Utilize your network to move in the direction you want to take
As an interim professional, you have probably done a lot of networking in the field you are working in. These professional networks can be key to finding the opportunities that can launch you into a new professional chapter. As you figure out what direction you want to take in your career, begin casually talking about it to your friends and co-workers.
Chances are, one of them can lead you right into an opportunity to start getting your feet wet in a new profession or niche position. You just need to ask, if you don’t ask you will never know!
Change your marketing habits
If you want to take a new direction with your interim career, it’s time to update all of your self-promotional materials. You may have public profiles, websites, portfolios and cover letter templates that need to be reworded to reflect the new positions you are seeking. Failing to properly update your marketing content will lead you straight into the same jobs you no longer want to do, so it’s very important to not miss this step.
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