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Quiet Quitting – What to do instead…

The new trend that has employers quaking is called “quiet quitting”.  If you’re reading this, then you probably already know that quiet quitting is just a different way of suggesting workers slack off to improve their own health at the expense of their employer.  However, that really isn’t the whole story.  People who love their job don’t slack off – nor do they quit.  People who enjoy what they do take pride in their work, put their best foot forward because it pleases them to do so, and don’t wait on the edge of their office chair for their paycheck because it’s the only reason they came in that day.

Alright, alright – I can already hear your thoughts bouncing like ping pong balls off your screen.  Everyone wants a job they enjoy, but how do you get that job?

The answer is simple – quit. And don’t do it quietly!  Although it may seem obvious, you’re never going to enjoy doing what you do by continuing to do what you hate.  Here’s a roadmap for moving forward: start by thinking about what your best skills and accomplishments are.  I often find when working on client resumes that the industry people like doing the most is actually where they have the most skills and accomplishments.  Writing down what your skills and accomplishments are will help you narrow down what type of job you’ll be happiest in.  For example, if you’re a great communicator who loves working under pressure and surpassing the competition – maybe you need to stop working with numbers and get into a sales position.

Once you’ve got something in mind, hop on a job searching site like Indeed and just start searching for positions you think you’ll be interested in.  The best way to figure out what career might be best for you is to read as many different job descriptions as you can.  Employers usually put the responsibilities you’ll be doing most at the top of each description, so make sure to review those thoroughly.  If the employer lists responsibilities you aren’t interested in, cross that position off your list and move on.  Trust me, there will be other positions available.  Right now, there are approximately 11 million job openings in the U.S.

Now that you’ve created a list of potential job opportunities, don’t start applying quite yet!  Use the list of accomplishments and skills you created earlier to start building a great resume – throw your current resume in the trash and start from scratch, this is a new career that requires a new resume.  If you’re nervous about building your own resume, use a company like Resume Writing Group or Resume Writing Expert to build a resume for you.  DON’T FORGET TO CREATE A COVER LETTER!! Cover letters are critical to any career transition, they help you explain to a new employer why you’re leaving your current field in favor of the new position.

If you’ve been stuck in your current position for many years, you’ll also want to brush up on your interviewing skills to make sure you’re ready to go once those follow-ups start flowing in after your applications.  For a little extra guidance, read this article I wrote last week about how to improve your interviewing tactics. Take Your Interviewing To The Next Level

Now that you’ve got your goals, your resume, your cover letter, and your interviewing taken care of – start applying for positions – and don’t just apply for one or two!  Job hunting these days is a numbers game.  Even though there are 11 million open positions in the U.S. right now, employers still receive hundreds or thousands of job applications.  That’s because people are using websites to easily apply to hundreds of positions – so, don’t be the person who only applies to one or two positions and expects to get hired right away.  Apply to as many positions as you have time for, and remember that if you were willing to quiet quit at your current position, you must have enough extra time to search hard for a new job.




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