Many people dream of different kinds of lives, different kinds of jobs. Think about it. A full-time job takes up at least 40 hours of every week of your job. Many people who work full-time jobs actually find them selves pulling 60 and 70 hour work weeks. If you are in a job that you feel no passion for - or worse, that you actually dislike - then it is time to make a change. Depending on what you really want to do with your life, you may be able to completely change your professional life within a matter of months.
Before you get ready for a big professional change, however, it is important to decide if you are really ready for the change. Are you ready to pay for additional education or training to take the next step in your career? Or, are you comfortable with taking out a loan? Can you take the necessary time to prepare for your new position? These are all factors that are very important to take into consideration.
If you feel that you have most of the training and experience that you need, then you need to plan a good exit plan to get out of your new job and begin a thorough and aggressive job search. It is best, of course, to secure a new position before handing in your resignation. It can take a while to land the perfect job and you don't want to go too long between paychecks.
Searching for a great new job takes both persistence and patience. Make sure that you are using all applicable job search engines and making the most of all of your professional contacts in order to find out about what jobs are on the market. One great way to expand your job search is to look at positions that are open in other cities. If you can relocate, then this is a great way find great opportunities .
Once you have identified a job that you are interested in, be sure to follow the application procedures exactly as your prospective employer outlines them. Make sure that you are fully prepared for your interview and send a note of thanks afterwards. Don't be disheartened if you do not land the job of your dreams on the first try. Preparing for a professional life that you love and feel satisfied with takes patience and a strong belief in yourself.
The Internet has been a boon to people looking for jobs. It also has its drawbacks. Because it is increasingly easier to set up a website and look like a legitimate business, there are also frauds and scams rampant online. It’s hard enough looking for a job without having to face scam artists as well.
The first way to avoid a scam is an easy one: don’t apply for a job that requires a hefty sum upfront. This is often the case with work at home opportunities. These jobs promise “$500 a day! Guaranteed!” when in fact they guarantee nothing of the sort. What normally happens is that the employee must purchase instructional materials upfront which tell you nothing that isn’t already readily available online. This is pretty simple scam but it’s a common.
A more elusive scam is one where you complete a fair amount of work for a business and then never get paid. This is a much more difficult scam to spot because you won’t know it’s in effect until payday. To avoid this scam, you need to make absolutely certain of the business’s legitimacy. If your employer does not have a long-term business model, this should be a clear signal.
This scam is not always the case with telecommuting work, but with brick and mortar jobs as well. For telecommuting work, it is important to sign a contract ahead of time in which there is a clear demarcation of a pay schedule. Always read the fine print on a contract—something that says employees will not be paid until the business turns a profit is another signal. This can mean months or even years.
Never give your bank account number or Paypal information for direct deposit unless you are absolutely sure that the company is legitimate. If you are unsure about a company’s legitimacy, ask to be paid by check. You can check the Better Business Bureau to see if a particular business, or employer, is on a watch list.
Using job search engines poses a particular risk. Scammers post fake job listings for the purpose of identity theft. In a false job application, it will ask for your social security number, bank information, credit card information, and other sensitive information, such as number of children or marital status. None of these are necessary for applying for a job so be wary of a job that asks for this type of information.
Because of the anonymity of the Internet, it can be difficult to weed out these scams. A business can look perfectly legitimate online when in fact it is a front for fraudulent purposes. Basically, what it comes down to is this: if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. A job that promises a lot of money for little work is probably not on the up and up. These job listings are trying to catch people at their most vulnerable: desperate for work and willing to try anything. By and large, the Internet is a safe place for job hunting, but you should exercise caution.