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Your job can help you pay the bills but offer nothing more. In the short term, your job may be tolerable. But an unfulfilling job can have long-lasting effects on your overall health and wellbeing. It can even make you feel lost at times, to the point where you question yourself, who you are, and what you want to accomplish.

If you feel lost in life, take a step back. At this time, focus on self-care and do what's necessary to feel your best once again. It may also be a good time to consider new career opportunities.

The longer you wait to leave a job you don't like, the more lost you may start to feel. However, by focusing on yourself, you can figure out what's most important to you. From here, you can find your calling and take appropriate steps to build the life you want. And you can discover a career path that suits you well today, tomorrow, and long into the future.

Ultimately, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to finding the right career path. Yet there are several things you can do to narrow your career focus.

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Prioritize Job Satisfaction

Put job satisfaction front and center. To do so, find a job that is both challenging and rewarding. This requires you to evaluate what you have liked and disliked about past jobs. It also involves looking at what you want to accomplish in your career.

Oftentimes, it helps to make a list of your job interests and aspirations. Next, you can identify your ideal job. You can then make a plan to search for jobs and find one that aligns with your expectations.

As you meet with prospective employers, ask them about their work culture. This allows you to learn about the company's commitment to its personnel and how it engages with its staff. It can provide you with a glimpse into whether the business values equality, diversity, and inclusion as well.

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Consider Remote Work Opportunities

In addition to finding a fulfilling job, keep an eye out for remote work opportunities. A remote job gives you the flexibility to work from home. In doing so, a remote job lets you avoid commuting to work. It can even help you reduce your carbon footprint.

If you are interested in working remotely, find out how prospective employers view it. Businesses offer remote work opportunities in a variety of industries. Some companies are planning to make remote work permanent. Others intend to shift to a hybrid model or require employees to work on-site after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ends.

Also, find out how a company supports its remote staff. For instance, many companies provide laptops and other equipment to ensure remote employees can thrive. Furthermore, they often leverage remote communication and collaboration tools to help remote staff stay connected.

Learn how a business promotes self-care to remote employees, too. The top businesses prioritize a healthy work-life balance for remote staff. These businesses provide educational tools and resources to teach remote employees about the importance of physical and mental wellness. They encourage remote workers to seek out medical aid as needed.

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Leave Your Job on a Positive Note

Resist the urge to quit your current job right away. Remember, a job is important, but it is secondary to your overall health. You can always pursue a new job, but it is paramount to avoid burning bridges along the way. Thus, if you feel burned out and exhausted in your job, take appropriate steps to resign and reenter the job market.

For those who are ready to quit their job, meet with your manager. Tell your manager how you feel about your job. You and your manager can then work together to find solutions.

If you reach a point where you no longer want to work in your current role, submit a resignation letter. Include information about your intent to resign, your last day at your company, and your transition plan. Don't forget to thank your employer for the opportunity, either.

Typically, it helps to give your employer at least a few weeks of notice about your resignation. In the weeks to follow, you can help your employer prepare for your departure. You can also close out your relationship with your employer on a positive note.

After you leave your job, you may start to feel a sense of relief. And you can take solace in the fact that you did everything in your power to set yourself and your now-former employer up to succeed.

Move Forward in Your Career

When it comes to your career, there is no need to settle for anything less than exceptional. Your career is a part of who you are. So it is crucial to find a career path that motivates and inspires you.

If your job makes you feel lost in life, pursue a new career path. You can then decide what you want to accomplish in your career and the steps you'll need to complete to achieve your career aspirations.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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