Feeling trapped in a job happens to a lot of people. In fact, at some point, most everyone outgrows the current job they’re performing. As employees or jobseekers, we all want the “perfect” job – the one that makes us happy to get out of bed in the morning.
But it’s rare to find your dream job right away. In fact, it may take two, three, or four jobs before finding “the one.” To prove the point, studies have shown that many of today’s employees stay in jobs for less than two years.
So if you feel like you’re going nowhere at your current position, it’s time to plan for the future. Here are some things to consider:
What Upsets you About your Current Position?
Is it a lack of opportunity for advancement, or is it the job itself? If you’re not happy with your career in the first place, then a change in position (even to one with more opportunities to progress) won’t solve your problems.
Still Waiting for a Promotion?
Have other, similarly qualified people at your company or department moved up faster than you? Be aware that 18 months is usually the minimum amount of time to wait for a promotion – unless you’ve had a discussion about that timeline being shortened before you were even hired. If not, chances are you could be waiting longer than you’d like.
Be Open to Other Opportunities within your Company
If your organization is large enough, see if there are any positions in a different department that might be more up your alley. Finding a job within your company is often easier than looking elsewhere.
Talk to your Manager
Let’s face it, there comes a time in everyone’s career for a chat with the boss regarding salary or a promotion. Many workers who’ve been promoted or gotten a higher salary have done it, so approach it as your best chance to get what you want. Prepare a few talking points and focus on your accomplishments and how they’ve helped your department. Keep your message short and your emotions in check. If you feel like you weren’t listened to or taken seriously, it’s probably time for a change.
Update your Resume, and Gather your References
When you’re considering a job search, it’s obviously important to polish up your resume. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to make sure your LinkedIn page is up to date. Lastly, don’t forget to gather your professional references. Keep in mind, that you’ll want to reach out to your references discreetly – since you want to keep your present job until you find a better situation.
A Final Thought
While you may think that working just about anywhere else would be better than staying at your current position, remember that changing jobs is a major decision. Trading one dead-end job for another isn’t going to make you any happier. That’s why it’s important to understand what you really want to do going forward. Talking with a professional recruiter before beginning your job search can help identify your goals so you can make the move that’s best for your professional well-being.
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