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Career Satisfaction: What You Need To Know

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Career satisfaction is an extremely important element of your career, no matter what you do or who you are. If you’re doubtful about the level of career satisfaction you have at the moment, now could be a good time to assess your work and how you feel about it.

Below, let’s chat about a plan for evaluating career satisfaction and what you can do if your current role is falling short…

Know Yourself and Your Values

You need to know yourself and your values if you’re going to ensure you’re working in a job  in alignment with what’s meaningful to you. Think about what you like and what you don’t like.

What are your values? What makes you want to show up at work every day and do a good job? 

Identifying these values will help you pinpoint what to look for in a new role or what you need to work on in your current role.

Do Your Research On Jobs That Meet Your Expectations

If your current role just isn’t matching up with the values you’ve identified, it’s time to do some research on jobs that might.

There are a lot of great quizzes and tests online that can offer insight about potential careers. (Everyone seems to be into enneagrams lately…delving into what makes you tick personality-wise is also a wonderful place for brainstorming!)

[Related: If you find out that social work is a great match for you and your values, looking at online courses on msw online could be a way to get started on your ideal career path.]

A professional career counselor is another option if you’re coming up short on your own. Book an appointment and be as honest as possible about your likes and dislikes, working style, personality/disposition, and values. 

Know What Kind Of Trade Offs You’re Willing To Deal With

Every role has trade offs that you’re going to need to be prepared to deal with. For example, a job you truly love may mean having to work super long hours, or not being able to leave work at work when you get home.

By knowing what you may have to deal with in terms of negatives, you’ll have realistic expectations for any role you take on and far more satisfaction.

Do You Feel Appreciated In Your Current Role?

Reports say that many workers end up resigning from their jobs because they don’t feel appreciated enough. If you’re not feeling appreciated in your job, it’s likely your performance will suffer.

Think about the contribution you’re making to the workplace and whether you believe that you are being recognized and appreciated for that work. What did you identify as the thing that makes you want to show up and do great work? Is this exchange happening? 

If not, it could be time to consider speaking to your superiors or HR about your concerns.

Keep in mind, cultivating a happier life outside of work can impact productivity and provide a happier outlook while in the workplace. However, is this isn’t cutting it, you can take the bull by the horns job-wise. Career dissatisfaction doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Make it a habit to evaluate your position against your values on a regular basis. If your role isn’t stacking up, speak up and make a change. Whether that means asking about a raise, taking on new responsibilities, or going on a job hunt; the choice is yours. 

P.S. More on job satisfaction HERE and how to cultivate a mindset of success.

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How to Find Job Satisfaction (even if you haven’t found your “dream job”)

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Even in the midst of your dreamiest of dream jobs, work can still seem like a chore. Something you have to check off your list along with mopping the floors and getting your oil changed. They call it “work” for a reason, right? And when you haven’t landed your dream job, or still aren’t sure what that ideal occupation even is, finding motivation can be that much harder.

But everyone deserves job satisfaction in their career, whether waiting tables at the very beginning of their ascent or as CEO on that top rung of the ladder. It’s all about attitude, outlook, and a dash of discipline. 

Not too long ago, broke and in debt, I found myself back at a store I worked at when I was 18. Seven years down the line, it felt like a giant step backwards. But by figuring out the tips below (and trust me, there were times I resisted them), I realized I could find satisfaction in my work…no matter what I was doing. This is the attitude that gets you noticed and helps you to make moves. Sure I’d gotten knocked down a few steps, but climbing back up…and then beyond…was so much easier when I enjoyed showing up at work every day and did my best.

So, let me share the tips I utilized to do so…

Being The Best

No matter what your job, you’ll always enjoy it more if you focus on being the best. Whatever, I’ll say it…winning feels good. Does this mean you have to work yourself to the bone? Not at all. There’s always ways to work smarter not harder, no what I mean? You just have to find that willingness to be ambitious.

I’m competitive anyways so I’ve always got my eye out for opportunities where I can beat people (in a gracious way! obvi.). If you’re not, think about the rewards that motivate you most and focus your energies on receiving those rewards specifically. I’m very motivated by words of praise but you might be motivated by public recognition or money or learning something new! Speaking of learning something new…

Educating Yourself

Even the poopiest of jobs can teach you valuable lessons for later in your career. Dive in! Seek out specialized training, put yourself forward for educational opportunities, and tap the knowledge of co-workers. I pride myself on being a life-long learner outside the work place so I relish any opportunity to learn “on the clock.” Depending on your job this could be anything from taking 30 minutes a day to read industry news, signing up for a wine pairing class, or taking part in an online accredited MBA program in your free time if your company is footing the bill.

My rule of thumb whenever someone asked me “Do you want to learn how to do x, y, or z?” Say YES. A downside to working jobs that are more about paycheck than career path? Monotony! But the more you diversify your skill sets…the less bored you’ll be and the more fun you’ll have!

Finding The Value

Finding the value in your job will not only make your daily effort feel worth it, but could also spark passion. How is your work or your company helping people? What are you doing for the greater good? How are you making an impact? Spend some time connecting the dots here. My retail job at a cooperative grocery store prided themselves on keeping the majority of every dollar spent in our local economy. So, I chose to focus on this value. My efforts were always fueled by a desire to promote local farmers and food. I became super passionate about it! And before I knew it, I was working in the marketing office instead of out on the floor…and I still work in marketing today! 

Keeping one eye on the value is a great way to maintain focus when you’re feeling less than pleased about going in or your boss is angry or some task feels pointless. Not to mention, communicating the value YOU provide is an awesome skill to have in an interview setting, hint, HINT.

Do me a favor – Tell us your job in the comments below and the #1 thing you do to find job satisfaction. Thanks!

P.S. Wanna read more of my career tips? CLICK HERE.