• Wed, Nov 28 2012

How To Take Initiative To Ensure Career Fulfillment

Gone are the days of staying at one company for decades; Americans have adopted a new attitude towards job seeking. While money and stability are still very important factors when considering new opportunities, job seekers are looking to achieve fulfilling, meaningful lives.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that most employees will only stay at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, which means many of us will hold up to 15 to 20 jobs over the course of our working lives.

These statistics directly support the belief that many of us had as children — that everything was possible and chasing our dreams and happiness should remain a top priority. The most successful adults have kept that same child-like drive to follow their passions and have found the highest level of career satisfaction.

For many, keeping that optimism in these trying times have proven to be difficult. Three out of four workers (75 percent) actively look for or are open to new jobs, while 41 percent of Americans report chronic work stress, which directly relates to employee happiness and performance within a company.

Having a strong desire to chase your passions and secure your dream job is incredibly important, but is not easy — it requires dedication and hard work. Fortunately, it is never too late to change your current situation around, whether you are hopping from job to job to find the right fit, looking to move within your company, or creating a new position altogether.

Your path to career fulfillment is just around the corner — use the following steps to set you in direction of finding higher job satisfaction:

Take Initiative

There is a sense of empowerment and fulfillment that comes with successfully searching and obtaining what you feel may be your dream job, but leaving your current position might not always be the solution. Many individuals overlook the importance of self and job assessment when it comes to truly understanding the nature of their needs. While you may not feel fulfilled in your current position, are their certain aspects that you could change to reach a new level of job satisfaction instead of looking elsewhere?

It’s truly up to you to take the initiative to go after what you want in your career. You don’t have to have an entrepreneurial spirit to create a new position, or convince someone of the things that need to change. All it takes is using your drive to formulate the outcome that you want for your future.

Address The Problem

Take the time to assess your needs by revisiting your career goals and their accordance to your career path. Once you’re certain of your personal needs, take a deeper look into your current or desired position and company.

What are the company’s pain points? What do you believe that needs to be changed? Is there a more efficient way to achieve the same results?

Before reaching out directly to the supervisor, address your problems by creating a plan of attack for ensuring that your needs are met. Communicating on-the-job needs can be tricky, and it’s important that nothing is missed. If you’re a longtime employee and have a good relationship with your manager, it’s common that your employer will do what’s within their ability to meet your job satisfaction needs. If you are looking to move into a new industry or company, make sure to do your research so you can establish yourself as a knowledgeable and valuable asset to the company.

Provide A Solution

Rather than simply presenting a problem to your employer, which could potentially make them respond negatively, immediately prepare a solution. Whether your solution is small or large, it’s important to provide your current or desired employer with a well-thought out strategy backed by solid research. Your qualifications, initiative, and drive will help to ensure your success in whatever you’re attempting to accomplish.

By going above and beyond, and breaking status quo, you might wake up one day and find yourself starting a new, exciting chapter in an entirely new environment or find that your dream job is actually with the company you’ve been working in after all.

Joanna Riley Weidenmiller is the CEO of The One-Page Company and is responsible for executing the company’s strategic development plan. Prior to launching 1-Page, Joanna was the CEO of Performance Advertising. Joanna earned her B.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and lives between Beijing, China, and San Francisco. Connect with Joanna and The One-Page Company on Twitter @1pageproposal and Facebook.

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  • edsiusa

    Yes to addressing a problem and being proactive about proposing a solution! Great piece.