Change in any form can be scary. At first.
It’s so much easier not to change.
But as Dr Phil says, ‘If you want different you must do different.’
One of my readers has asked me to write about what to do when you’re too scared to change your job.
Here are the 6 Killer Questions I would like to ask him.
1. What can you tell me about your current job?
- Are you using all your skills?
- What did you like about it in the beginning, that made you apply for it?
- What don’t you like about it now that makes you want to change?
- Is it the people you work with that bothers you?
- Or the atmosphere?
- Or the unsocial/long/inconvenient hours?
- Or the commuting?
2. Are you quite sure there’s nothing you can do to make the job more enjoyable?
- Can you talk to your boss and ask for some changes?
- Can you talk to the HR department and see if they can help?
- Can you arrange to improve your hours/work conditions/pay?
3. What can you tell me about the job you want to change to?
- In your chosen field, are there many vacancies at present?
- Will you need further training?
- If so, how will you arrange it/fund it?
- Is there much competition in the area you’d like to change to?
4. Are you prepared?
- Is your CV ready? If not, can you get help with this?
- Have you talked to people in this field about how they find it?
- If it’s appropriate, can you visit your proposed new place of work?
- Can you practise your interview techniques?
- Have you researched as much information as you can about your possible new employer/role/job description?
5. What are you scared about?
- Are you scared of failure?
You’re not alone! No-one likes to ‘fail’. But if we all gave up on our ambitions and goals at the first hurdle…
- Are you scared of making a ‘bad choice’?
There’s no such thing. When you make a choice, it’s right for you, at that time. Sometimes circumstances change so that it is no longer ‘right’ for you. So you make a different choice!
If you’re sure this job will suit you, then go for it.
Trust your instincts. They’re rarely wrong!
- Are you scared you won’t like it?
No problem! If that happens then you say so and go through this process again.
6. Are you being proactive?
- talk to people,
- scan the papers,
- make a list of all your skills,
- think about being self-employed,
but don’t give up.
If you really want to make this important change, do it. But … not in a rush,
- or on a whim,
- or because someone else thinks you should,
- or because you think you ought to.
Here’s the thing…
- scary is good,
- scary is normal,
- scary might help you get the job,
- scary means it’s important to you,
- scary is how everyone feels about making changes.
And… action chases fear away.
Still too scared? Then don’t do it. But if you wait until you’re not scared, then you might wait for ever…
Join our Crowd, we’re not at all scary!
Now have your say in the comments…