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Here’s how to turn your regular old job into your dream job:
1. Devise a sound plan. Use your imagination. If you feel that something is lacking in the current setup in your job, what exactly would it be? What do you expect to happen on a typical day to break the monotony of it all? Write every detail of your personal scheme and carefully follow each specification.
Take the case of Ellen, a 40-something teacher who works in high school. Aware that she was unlikely to be offered further promotion, she approached career counselors for advice. “I learned that I was in the right job, and that the only problem was that I gradually lost sight of the real challenge in my profession. Changing profession was not really what I wanted in the first place, but an improvement in what I’m currently doing,” she said.
Ellen accepted that she alone was responsible for her career and sought ways of focusing less on kids and more on adults. She discussed her dilemma with some of her contemporaries and soon realized that there were other means by which she could be of service to her school. She spent time absorbing expert’s knowledge about teacher assessment and eventually became in-charge of the in-school training on the subject. Now, Ellen is fully backed up by the educational institution she’s involved with, giving her more room for career growth.
2. Sharpen your time management. Your time at work may be occupied even- second but it doesn’t mean that you’re producing effectively in required amount of time. Some precious minutes could be wasted doing unnecessary things. Don’t carry the burden of the work exclusively on your back. It’s always beneficial to bear in you’re out of it. If there are no direct personnel under you, delegate your tasks sideways. A job that seems dull to you may be stretching to a co-worker. Learn to be a tolerant worker but be careful not to end up too many tedious jobs.
3. Let your problem be known to your boss. Never keep your dissatisfaction as a top-secret professional issue. As soon as you’ve identified the source of your problem and come up with potentially workable solutions, send your manager a note. In there are the changes you’d like to make yourself, the positive consequences of giving you the leeway to carry out the change, and the essential steps needed to accomplish the change and the timeframe you’re reserving for them. For example it will save the department money; it will ensure faster accomplishments of task. Make sure you put the accent on the benefits your company will reap rather than what you yourself will keep.
4. Discuss everything with your boss. When your boss finally got a mental hold of your proposal, it’s time to strengthen your position by tackling the details with him in person. So as not to get caught off hand, anticipate the possible counterarguments that your boss will make. Then list down your answers to these questions. Your boss remains the final judge of your proposal, so it’s important that you thoroughly convince him via the substance of your responses as well as your manner of presenting your ideas. Each objection should be met by sensible explanation and appropriate words that demonstrate your loyalty and concern for the business organization.
5. Learn to count your blessings or devise your escape route. Negotiate for a better deal if the company treasures your work, your job can be rearranged to jibe with your requirements. However, management may also give your request a thumb’s down sign. Under this eventuality, know what weighs to you more. If you believe that your desire to bag a new job is greater than your need for your present employment, ft’s time to engage in a job hunt. Because you know what you want now, you should be in control of your fate.