Many times employees realize after working for a company for a period of time that the job they are in is not for them. Too many times employees that are dissatisfied with their current job make that fact clear through their actions. This does not help the employee or employer. Too many times that frustrated employee will start to become a distraction in the workplace and force their employer to take action against them. Keep in mind as an employee that even if you are seeking to move on from this employer you want to do it on your own terms. You still need to be a productive employee until you find a new position so you can then turn in your two week notice of leaving the position you are currently in. As an employee you do not want to create situation where you employer decides to fire you for detrimental conduct before you find a new position. Here are some tips to help you.
1. Keep Your Current Job While You Are Looking– The first thing to keep in mind is that future employers will view you in a more positive light if you are currently working. Even more important is if you give your current employer a reason to fire you while you are looking, you will end up with a negative reference. Do not make it obvious you are searching for another job. This means don’t work on your resume while you are in the office, even during your lunch or break times. Do not make phone calls in regards to other jobs applications, and do not accept calls regarding positions you are applying for at work. Be aware if a potential employer wants to call your current employer as a reference check. If this is the case you can request they do not do this and provide an explanation why.
2. Find A Reason To Be Positive At Work– Even though you are seeking to leave your current position there is probably at least one positive thing you can focus on about your current position. Even if it’s something simple such as you enjoy interacting with the coworkers in your office. Keep yourself in a positive state of mind knowing you will be seeing those people each day until you eventually leave the company. Focus on the positive instead of the negative. It is very easy for an employer to identify employees with negative attitudes. If you come across as being too negative your current employer may decide that it is best to release you from your current position.
3. Try To Take Advantages Of Opportunities– Take advantage of any resources your current employer offers, before you leave the company. Do you have a training department that offers classes on types of software or other concepts that could be useful in your future job pursuits? As long as you can make an argument that it will help you in your current position your supervisor will most likely approve you for the training. Are there coworkers in management positions you would like to use as references? Take this opportunity and speak with them if you feel they will honor your request to keep this information confidential. Make sure you have their contact information to use on your reference list. Is there someone in your office that knows a skill you need for your future employment interests? If you get along well with them start picking their brain and getting suggestions from them. Remember one of the biggest resources an employer has is the knowledge of their employees. This same knowledge your coworkers have can be valuable to you as an employee as well.
In the end, you have decided that your time is limited in your current position. The key is you want to leave on your own terms and in the best possible position you can. Make sure your work performance does not slip. Just because you are ready to leave your current position does not mean you want to risk being fired. Perform your tasks to the highest level possible, and then leave on good terms with your current employer when you do finally turn in your notice. Remember, this employer may be called as a reference at some point in the future.