If your career has stagnated, identify a plan to seek out mentors who can help you evolve, Fiona Lake Waslander writes. Look at job listings and find ways to fill the gaps in your experience and qualifications. Above all, look to find a new position that will challenge you to improve.
Graduate and post-doctoral students looking for jobs outside of academia may want to seek the help of a recruiter, writes Natalie Lundsteen, director of graduate career development at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. In this article, Lundsteen outlines different types of recruiters and how to find one to best suit a specific job search.
It's estimated only 2% of employees older than 40 are in jobs they desired at age 18, which means more might be unhappy in their jobs, Margaret Heffernan writes. "[A]s the economy starts to recover, this is a good moment to review where you are. Do you really want to be there? Do you still harbor the dreams you had when you were 18 that you never even attempted? Is it really too late?" she writes.
If you dread coming to work, first identify what exactly you dislike and then consider talking to your manager about making some changes, advises Sanjay Sathe, CEO of RiseSmart. "You may never find a job where you love everything you do, but you can begin to slowly mold the job you hate to one you like more and more," Sathe says.
Andrew Rosen provides several tips for using a Quick Response code on your job search such as how to create one, how to link it to key information and how to promote it. "I've seen people with temporary QR codes tattooed on themselves at conferences. I've also seen young executives wear neckties featuring QR codes. You have to find the application that makes the most sense in your job interview setting," he writes.