Job Advice

The Secret to Falling Back in Love with Your Work (or to just like it again)

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Madison Schacht
Manager of Talent Acquisition
February 11, 2022

The season of love is here, and falling head over heels doesn’t just have to be reserved for your Valentine. At That’s Good HR, we love to match candidates with local Hoosier companies they can truly love working with — even beyond the initial honeymoon phase! If you’ve been losing that loving feeling at your job, we’ve got some top tips and secrets to falling back in love with your work … or at least to just like it again. 

Remember why you fell in love in the first place

There must be a reason that you started working with the company you’re at now. Think back to your hiring process and early days of the job. What made you excited to apply for your position? Was it the tasks you’d be completing, the fabulous hours or a shorter commute? Even if you “fell” into your current career, there are probably at least a few things that you loved about your position early on. Try to remember those reasons and find a way to reignite the spark. 

Get to know your coworkers

As most of us know, the people you work with can make or break the relationship with your company. If you don’t know your coworkers very well, it could be time to make the effort. Having enjoyable social relationships to look forward to each day will make going into work much more pleasant from day to day. And forming close friendships with your coworkers can also make it that much easier to feel like you can be yourself, share new ideas and offer your company the full extent of your creativity. 

Ask for feedback on your work

Another benefit to getting to know your coworkers better is the chance to ask them for feedback on your recent work. Maybe you’ve been getting complacent — or even bored — with your current tasks. Getting helpful feedback on how you’ve been doing things could allow you to find new or more efficient ways to complete your tasks could have you falling back in love with your work in no time.

You can also set up a time to meet with your supervisor to discuss your concerns. A good company will do their best to keep a good worker like you. Many workers who are joining in the “Big Quit” are feeling burnt out in their current positions. Could your supervisor work with you to offer more flexibility in working hours or the option to work from home? Do you need more challenging tasks or just different tasks? Once you spend time identifying what would bring the spice back, asking is much easier and more exciting!

Seek out ongoing education and learn new things

Ongoing education and training can be a great way to reignite the passion for your career. Perhaps your company offers in-house educational opportunities that you can take advantage of. Many organizations also provide their employees the job benefit of paying for external professional development or even relevant higher education classes. Just make sure to read the fine print to know if you will need to stay on for a certain period of time after taking any college classes (or else you may need to pay back your tuition out of pocket). 

If there aren’t any opportunities for further education through your company, you can always seek out options on your own. There are practically unlimited free and low-cost courses (both online and in-person) for learning new job skills with just a quick Google search. Learning new things about your career field could start you back on the path to falling back in love with your work, help you snag a big promotion or maybe allow you to realize you’re looking for something different. 

Try something new

If you have tried and tried to love your work and it just isn’t happening, maybe it’s time to start the search for a new position. That’s Good HR has worked for more than 20 years to pair Indianapolis companies with top candidates in all kinds of industries like HR, administrative, customer service, healthcare and accounting. If you’re ready to seek out a new position that you really love, submit your resume or contact us today at 317-469-4141!


Transferable Skills to the HR Profession

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Julie Johnson
Talent Acquisition Partner
January 24, 2022

Are you considering a change in your profession? Human resources is a great career field option for individuals who have excellent people skills from industries like education, nursing and the service industry. At That’s Good HR, we don’t just practice good HR ourselves, we also help leading Indianapolis-area companies to staff their HR departments. And we can help candidates determine which transferable skills are best to highlight in their resume and interview for entry-level HR positions, with a special insight from our direct experience in human resources.

Feeling burnt out?

Especially over the last two years of the pandemic, a number of career fields have been increasingly burnt out. We’ve talked about the “Big Quit” at large, but employees in a few specific industries are really feeling the crunch of the pandemic in their careers. In a recent survey from Cross Country Healthcare, Inc., only 32% of nurses are satisfied in their current occupation, compared to 52% before the pandemic. 

In fact, 29% of nurses reported that their desire to leave just not their position but the nursing field entirely is dramatically higher now as opposed to pre-pandemic. Teachers are feeling the burnout as well, with 25% considering leaving education as a result of the pandemic, which is a major increase over past years, according to a 2021 Rand Corporation report. If you are feeling burnt out, a career change may be just the ticket to improve your job satisfaction.

Industries that transfer well to HR

According to Greta Cline, CFO/COO and Partner at That’s Good HR, in addition to education and nursing, other careers that can make a smooth transition to entry level human resource positions include flight attendants, trainers and jobs in the service industry. A big part of working human resources is, obviously, working with humans — so if you have significant experience with customer service and enjoy interacting regularly with your coworkers and clients, then chances are good that you would find great satisfaction in an HR career. 

For a number of HR professionals, they “fell into” their career working with job candidates. Although some colleges and universities offer undergraduate degrees in human resources, it’s not always a standard across higher education, so many people find a passion for HR when they start taking on new tasks in a different position. 

Some of the most common undergraduate degrees that HR employees possess can include business administration, marketing or PR/communication, education, psychology or other social sciences. Although many open HR positions require a bachelor’s degree, it rarely needs to be in human resources; companies looking to fill entry-level HR jobs are likely to accept your relevant transferable skills. Although you may need to take a step back in pay for an entry-level position, your job satisfaction can be expected to be much higher than a career you’ve burnt out on. 

Identifying transferable skills

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), “building positive relationships is an essential skill in human resources.” Even without official HR experience, there are a number of ways you can break into the industry with an entry-level HR position. That’s Good HR can help you structure your resume to highlight any HR-related skills you may have acquired in previous positions. Maybe you’ve helped with recruiting or training new employees in the past, or been part of budgeting or payroll administration. Make sure to include this in your resume, and you can explain in your cover letter or interview how the experience helped you realize your interest in the field of human resources. 

If possible, you can also try to get involved more directly in the HR department at your current company by shadowing someone or volunteering to take on HR-related assignments. Of course, if you think this may add to the burnout you’re already experiencing, you could try to learn more about the HR community outside of work. Studying for an HR certification, joining a local SHRM chapter or other association and networking with local HR professionals could be a great way to focus on new changes instead of the burnout while you search for a new position. 

If you are ready to make the transition to human resources, That’s Good HR is here to help! You can search open entry-level HR positions now, submit your resume or contact us directly at 317-469-4141.