If you want to be happy in your life, you'll have to get a modicum of job satisfaction. Before you change jobs, there are a number of things you should consider.
- TIP: The experience you're getting now may be necessary to secure a better position elsewhere somewhere down the road.
- Step 1: Examine the growth potential offered by your job. If your current company stifles growth and makes you feel suffocated, any degree of job satisfaction will be hard to come by. However, if your company is encouraging and fosters learning, you may be headed for better things where you are.
- Step 2: Consider the economy. Look at the current unemployment rate, and scrutinize the employment outlook for your field. If the economy is headed for a downturn, you might be better off staying where you are until things start looking up.
- Step 3: Think about the on-the-job experience you're gaining at your current position. Even if it's not your dream job, it may at least be a crucial stepping stone toward a better position at the same company.
- Step 4: Assess your benefits package. Find out what a new company is willing to offer in terms of health care, a 501k, tuition assistance, vacation and personal days, and other job benefits. Compare what you're offered to what you're already getting and see how the new offer measures up.
- TIP: If you don't believe in your company enough to want to help it succeed, you'll never achieve job satisfaction.
- Step 5: Think about your office's location. If you're tucked away in a bleak office park, you may find your environment dissatisfying. Conversely, you may hate working in an anonymous skyscraper. Consider relocating or transferring if you can't connect with your location, and also consider how a longer or shorter commute would affect your opinion.
- Step 6: Like the people you work with. While it may be difficult to get along with everybody all of the time, if you find something to like about each person you work with, you'll find that you can learn to respect and enjoy your colleagues and your job will be much more satisfying.