Give yourself the best present these holidays – a truly fulfilling career

As the year comes to a close and 2012 draws near, many of us start making new plans for the future. Life and work shift into a different gear. Most of us get the chance to take a small break, at least in the employment sense, and find work of a different nature in dealing with the demands of the holiday season. That disruption - often welcome - to the pattern of life can invite a more important question:

Am I truly happy in what I'm doing?

Like it or not, work commonly defines so much of who we are. It provides us with many of our significant contacts with others; it often draws on most of our waking hours. Is it so fanciful to consider whether life would be more fulfilling if our work was more in tune with our selves, let alone those we care about?

The choice is often one we simply avoid, or dismiss as unachievable. Which is a tremendous pity. It is too easy to think of employment in terms of monetary security, rather than overall satisfaction.

Work always follows us home. It influences our day and our mood. In turn, it influences others. Work and life are not mutually exclusive.

Consider a cost-benefit analysis:

  • What is to be lost in seeking what else is out there for you?
  • What is to be lost in seeking the advice of experts in preparing for this possibility?
  • In contrast, what is to be gained in simply doing nothing - to perhaps even settle for the position that you know does not make the most of your potential, let alone maximise your capacity to enjoy the things that make you feel completely fulfilled?

Job satisfaction and life satisfaction are not mutually exclusive. And, as seasons and lives change at the end of the year, so can the seasoning of life through new, more fulfilling and rewarding employment.

Dealing with fear and embracing change

Leaving a job can inspire panic - it throws up all sorts of fears of the unknown. But it can also inspire the excitement we all once felt at the very same thing ... the chance to change and do something different. Why is it that only students are asked, "What do you want to do?"

The key to seeking change is to see its advantages. For one, many of us can start from the solid base of choosing the moment. There’s no need to simply abandon an employer.

What is really needed is the advice and assistance of those who can help you achieve that dream of escaping the mundane, the repetitive and the sheer boredom of not having the job you want.

And with the power of the Internet at your disposal, there's probably no better time to do it. At ISMYCV, we aim to connect employers and employees. What's more, it is free to potential job seekers. You get the opportunity to market yourself not just through traditional resumes, but through online profiles and even video presentations - whether you are applying for a specific job or just checking out your options.

Either way, ISMYCV represents a perfect holiday resolution.