Five Classic Signs You are in a Wrong Job
October 5, 2010 2 Comments
Here are some warning signs I gathered from Yahoo Career web site. If they are flaring up, it may be time to reevaluate your career.
1 – You dread waking up in the morning.
Hitting the snooze button isn’t a warning sign that you’re in the wrong career, but having recurring nightmares about your job could be a signal that it’s time to make a change.
- Do a self-assessment or talk to a career counselor. What’s bothering you at work – and why? If it’s time to change careers, make sure you look before you leap.
- Getting a degree can arm you with the skills and confidence you need to make the transition.
- Going to school at night or online may allow you to keep your current job while looking for a new one.
- Health care is one hot option. The industry is ripe with employment opportunities.
2 – You are bored with your job.
Watching the minutes melt away at work isn’t just boring; it’s bad for you and bad for your company.
- Whether it’s transitioning to another job in your company, or making a career change, pursuing your passion is a good place to start.
- Take the time to discover what moves you – and what careers can make use of your skills – whether it’s graphic design, web design, interior design, or something else entirely.
3 – You are afraid of getting laid off.
It’s no secret that the unemployment rate is up, making job security a common concern for many Americans. But if your lack of job security is detracting from your work, it may be time to focus on long-term career stability.
- Some careers are more stable than others. If you are fearful that you will lose your job, start putting together a plan for other careers that fit your qualifications and personality.
- Education may be part of an effective long-term strategy, or even a near-term one, since there are plenty of shorter training programs, like a paralegal studies certificate or a technology support certificate.
- Consider career tracks that are growing – not shrinking. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor forecasts excellent job prospects for medical assistants, accountants, and nurses.
4 – You are getting passed over for promotion.
No matter the job or the circumstances, watching others leapfrog you at work is a difficult thing to endure.
- The key is to demonstrate that you deserve a promotion. Let your boss know that you have aspirations to move up and ask for areas where you can improve your performance.
- Consider adding to your qualifications by getting a certificate or degree.
- For those looking to move into management, you can handpick the MBA program that’s right for you, whether it’s management, marketing, or human resources.
- Keep in mind that many companies offer tuition assistance plans to ease the cost of going to school.
5 – You search job postings while at work.
Trolling for a new job while on the clock isn’t just dangerous; it’s inappropriate. It’s also an indication that all is not well at work.
- First of all, stop! You’ll only make things worse if the boss or a co-worker nabs you.
- Next, start using your free time to beef up your resume and network.
- Earning a certificate is a quick way to boost your qualifications. With some previous education, you may be able to get the education you need to start a career like medical assisting or paralegal in as little as 18-24 months.
- Getting a degree, while it’s a longer commitment, can indicate to potential employers that you have the necessary skills and drive to succeed.
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