Get Happy, Get Educated, Get Your Resume In Order

by Allen Voivod - Date: 2008-08-04 - Word Count: 394 Share This!

Someone told me recently that studies show our occupations play a major role in the overall quality of our lives.

In other words, the job you hold more or less determines just how happy you'll be.

It seems like common sense. After all, if you're in a bad mood for eight or more hours every day at work, do you think you'll just magically snap out of it on the commute home? Do you stay happy and jolly on the ride in to a miserable management situation?

Of course not.

In this type of situation, writing your resume and sending it around the block seems like an obvious solution. But before you do that - or even while you're working on your resume - take a little time to brush up on the latest news, tips, tricks, techniques, and strategies in your industry.

In fact, doing this kind of reading, research, and education could be one of the best career strategies out there. It positions you as a more attractive candidate: one who's self-motivated, who cares greatly about his or her vocation, the industry, and the company for which he or she works.

People who can just do a job are a dime a dozen. People who really care, and who go out of their way to make things better for their companies, their teams, and themselves, really tend to shine on resumes and in interviews.

And you could even find out something surprising: The company you're currently in may, in fact, be the right one for you. Instead of an external job search, maybe an internal one is what's required for your greater career satisfaction.

And if that's the case, even though you probably won't need a resume for an internal position, it wouldn't hurt you to do the same resume prep work, so that you can present yourself as professionally as possible. It's frustrating enough to not land an external position. You can imagine how much worse the frustration would be if you failed to land an internal one.

Either way, the key to getting happier on the job may simply be to:

1) Define exactly what it is you want (and don't want) in a job.

2) Identify the gap between your current situation and that ideal situation above.

3) Plan the steps (i.e. continuing education) you need to take to close the gap.

When we put it that way, it almost sounds easy, doesn't it?

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