To plot your path to career happiness, first decide where you want to be in two or five years and the skills you need to get there, Dorothy Tannahill-Moran writes. The plan you develop for acquiring those skills should be prioritized and should include specific dates to help you track your progress, Tannahill-Moran writes.
If you've got a blank spot on your resume for period when you weren't working, don't hyperventilate -- it probably doesn't look as bad as you think, Dorothy Tannahill-Moran writes. But if you want to make doubly sure a work gap doesn't hurt your job chances, try organizing the work listed on your resume by experience, not date. The worst thing you can do is act embarrassed or ashamed if a recruiter asks about your work gap, Tannahill-Moran writes.
Don't be afraid to explore new career options, Dorothy Tannahill-Moran writes. "You have to manage your attitude, your time and how many actions you take each day that will get you the job. Yes, that means that MOST of the frogs you kiss will be wrong for you, but you have to keep kissing the frogs," she writes.
It's normal to not like parts of your job, but if you find yourself spending most of your time doing things you dislike, consider switching careers, Dorothy Tannahill-Moran writes. Another sign: The career itself is becoming obsolete.
If you want a promotion, make sure you've got the skills for the position and then do things such as seizing opportunities to show others you're ready for a step up while performing your current job expertly, Dorothy Tannahill-Moran writes. "This might mean you have to put in additional hours for a while, but you should consider it an investment in your future," Tannahill-Moran writes.