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Changing Jobs in a Recession: The Five Steps to Do It Most Effectively

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  • Changing Jobs in a Recession: The Five Steps to Do It Most Effectively

    If you're reading this article there may be some aspect of your job that is no longer satisfying. Your pay is too low, the workload too high, the atmosphere is unhealthy or emotionally draining. It could be any number of reasons, or likely a combination of them.

    The bottom line is, for one reason or another, you’re thinking of changing jobs.

    Yet, it’s probably not news to you that the job market is very competitive. Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, nearly 6 million jobs have been lost. Now, the unemployment rate has reached nearly 9 percent as of April 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    And you’ve likely wondered, “Is changing jobs in a recession a smart move for me?”

    The idea can be scary and there is no right or wrong answer to that question, but rest assured changing jobs will always be a challenge, regardless of the economic climate. So you may be better off taking the recession factor out of the equation, and instead deciding if it’s really time to leave your job.

    “The best way to tell if it's time to leave your job is if you're no longer satisfied and especially if you're bored with what you are doing,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates. “Also a great indicator is whether or not you look forward to going into work. Now I know it sometimes feels like you don’t have a choice, especially in today's tough economic times, but you always have a choice.”

    If you decide, then, that changing jobs is the right move for you, here are five steps to help you do it most effectively.

    1. Let go of your emotions surrounding your current job. "Use The Sedona Method to let go of whatever beliefs you have about holding onto a job that isn't serving you," Dwoskin says. "And then set up a goal and release until you feel okay whether or not you create a better position for yourself. Then simply keep releasing and remember that the more released you are, the happier you'll be and the more hirable you'll be."
    2. Be creative. Aside from giving you the ability to uniquely solve problems (such as how to find a job in a tough market), creativity enables you to feel more at peace and more fulfilled. In fact, it's while you're accessing your creative energy that new opportunities often appear. The key to taking advantage of them lies in releasing those self-sabotaging thoughts that keep getting in the way, which you can do simply using The Sedona Method.
    3. Stay open-minded. The best career for you may be in an entirely different field or may even offer less pay. Be open to such opportunities as you never know what other doors they may open.
    4. Follow your heart. There is a universal intelligence or knowingness in each and every one of us. When you are open to this intelligence of your heart, it guides you in the right direction to do what is best for you and those around you. Following this intuitive knowing attracts to you whatever you need as you need it. You find yourself having, being and doing whatever is right for you in the moment for your highest good.
    5. Release your pride. Pride is not inherently a 'bad' emotion, but it does compel you to want to maintain the status quo. At the heart of pride is often unwillingness to change, and even a desire to keep others from changing, lest they pass you by. In your new job, you need to be flexible and open to change, and you need to spot opportunities for advancement as they're presented to you. But pride will only keep you from taking action and moving onward and upward. So use The Sedona Method to release your prideful feelings.

    As you work through the steps above, the decision of whether or not to change jobs will become easier, and the next steps to take will become clear. The bottom line is to always remain open to new opportunities around you, especially if your current situation is unfulfilling in any way, and let go often of any emotions that stand in your way.
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