Are you burnt out? If your work is affecting your health it is time to stop, think and make a change. If you find yourself exhausted in the office, surviving off regular doses of coffee and collapsing when you reach the weekend – you are burning out. If you do not get this under control you can get seriously ill if you are not careful.
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1. You are bored out of your mind
You can do your job fine and actually do it pretty well but the fact is that it just isn't interesting to you any more! There is no passion, no motivation, no inspiration in the role. Nothing new really happens and you could do it in your sleep. Perhaps it is time to move on?
1. You dream about your project deadlines
If you are dreaming about your work this is a sign that your work is really starting to take over your life. You are beginning to eat, sleep and breathe work and it could lead to a downwards spiral. Being focused and truly interested and passionate about your work is great but there needs to be a good balance for you to have a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. To only think about work and for it to be constantly on your mind can be a sign of real stress whereby work maybe invading your personal life. Think about your work life balance and if it is really working for you.
For many of us - work is a must do and not really something that we find immensely satisfying to do. However, we have fixed hours of the day in which we are expected to turn up into the office and 'work'. For several people this is hard to do! It's hard to maintain focus, it's hard to keep progressing on something that isn't fun or interesting. In some cases there simply isn't enough to keep us occupied with! - So here are some 'fun' ways to pretend that you're working...(now don't quote us on these or 'take them seriously' as words of proper careers advice!). This is just some food for thought to keep you going through your day...
If you are making a career change and are thinking and feeling like you are either too old or too young to do it – don't! You are never too old to make a career change. You are never too young to make a career change.
If you are feel 'old' – this implies that you are wise – so you have had experience, you have seen the world and had a career
1. Be authentic
One of the key parts in finding the right role for you is in being authentic about it. This means knowing yourself well enough to identify what it is you are good at, what you can do with it, what you actually want to do and therefore what type of job is right. If you are authentic about what you are searching for you will get it.
10 years ago the internet was the most threatening issue on the recruitment companies’ horizon. The fear was that the internet would change the industry for good and recruitment agencies would die. What happened was that there was a marginal change to the industry. Recruiters used the internet as a platform for their trading. Candidates were easier to register and the searching processing (for those recruiters using such techniques) became more effective and efficient. Online recruitment started up but things have been changing in this current recession.
1. Create a targeting strategy
In order to make a job search effective it really helps to be clear about who you are targeting and what you are targeting. This is the first piece of job hunting advice I would suggest. This means being clear about what type of business or company you are
1. Understand your strengths
Get clear about what your strengths, skills and natural passions are. Without knowing what you are good at and what value you can bring to an organization or role, how do you expect others to think you’re the right and best person for a job? Make sure you are clear yourself about what your strengths are. Then communicate and articulate these to others in your job hunt. Learn to harness these strengths and find a role that plays to your strengths...
You are in your forties or fifties, and are looking at yourself as a working person, and find you’re still asking yourself ‘what do I want to be when I grow up?’ Although this can feel frightening, looked at properly it is a huge opportunity.