You may hate your job. You find yourself complaining about it daily to your family and friends. The night before the start of every week, you feel terrified to go the same boring place. So, you keep telling yourself that you’re going to finally quit and find a new job because you just can’t take it anymore. But guess what? You don’t do that.
Instead, you go to work, come home, complain, and start the whole cycle over again. You’re completely miserable in your current job, but you’re very uncomfortable, even afraid, to find a new job. But why?
You’re afraid of the unknown.
Yes, the whole process of starting a new job can be intimidating. You have to adapt to a new work environment, deal with new people you know nothing about at the workplace, and even learn some new skills – and you don’t know if you would even like it, after all that. What if it turns out to be worse than your last job? What if they don’t like you? What if you don’t fit in? What if you don’t perform at the level they expected?
The truth is, you’re walking into a new situation and you’re not sure what to expect. The best thing you can do is to know the company well before taking the job offer. Learn it inside out, as much as you can. Make a sincere effort to get to know people you’d be working with (using social media – Facebook or LinkedIn), and ask intelligent questions that’ll give you an insight of the company culture.
You’re not confident in what you can offer.
So, you don’t feel like you’ve got what it takes to make it somewhere else? Are you afraid to find a new job because you don’t want to look like an incompetent employee? If you think you’re lacking the skills to succeed elsewhere, make a list of your skill sets and then do an honest comparison to the skills that are required for the jobs you’re considering. What are you missing? Which additional skills do you require? Do you have other skills that could convince them to hire you for the job? Ask yourself these questions & get the true answers. This would help build your confidence, or at least, keep yourself honest about what you are lacking & help you start working towards them.
You need to understand what you can offer so you can market yourself effectively to other employers. Think about your past accomplishments at work. What have you achieved? What are the things you are most proud of? What problems did you solve at your current company?
You don’t know what you want to do next.
Alright, you want to find a new job. But you have no idea what you want to do. All you know right now is that you hate your current job and you want out. If you’re having trouble figuring out what you want to do next, you need to take some time to explore & have more insight about what’s going on in the professional sphere. Research different jobs, industries, and companies. Talk to people about their work, why they like it, hate it, and what excites them about it. Take some time to figure out what interests you and what projects motivate you. Use your professional network to gain more knowledge about job market & opportunities in the areas you are interested in. And then decide what’s best for you at the current situation.
You’re afraid of the financial consequences.
You can’t leave out the financial aspects of a new job regardless of how much you want to quit the existing one. What if you don’t get the benefits you already have at your current position? What if you have to take a pay cut? What if you quit in a rush and then it takes too long to find a new job and you run out of money? Again, research competitive salary rates in your industry before you look for a new job. Research the companies you’re interested in to learn about what kinds of benefits they offer to their employees.
It’s important to understand your priorities and what you really want from your new job. Do you want to work in a better environment because the last place you worked at totally sucked? Or do you want to explore new challenges simply because the job you have now is absolutely boring? Or maybe it’s just because you want to earn more & jump up the corporate ladder? But whatever it might be, don’t accept a job knowing that it won’t meet your needs & it will just result in you looking for a new job after a few months.
If you’re completely miserable at your current job, it might be time to do something about it. Think about your next move – What do you need to know? What’s holding you back? What do you need in order to find a new job? However, also understand that you might not necessarily make the same paycheck as in your current job. So, research well before you make any final decision.