Stuck in your job?
What to do in the meantime.
Do you spend as much time complaining about your job as you do working on your job?
Are you envious of co-workers who have left but feel like you will never be able to leave?
Are there so many obstacles to leaving your job that you get overwhelmed and give up just thinking about it?
Do you want to leave your job today, but get no support from your family?
If you’re stuck and can’t leave your job right now, here are some tips for what to do in the meantime.
My mother used to say, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
The problem with complaining is that it not only takes energy, it creates negative energy. You need to put all your creative energy toward finding a solution to the problem. Make a deal with yourself not to complain about your job for the next week. Then extend it.
Not only will you feel better, so will the people around you…
Recognize that you have choices
Sometimes it is easier to complain that we are stuck when we really do have choices, we just don’t want to make the sacrifices necessary to take action. If you have ever said that you are waiting to leave or change jobs when you (get the house paid off, get the kids out of college, get out of debt), know that these things are only holding you back because you have decided to allow that to happen. What if it’s possible to get a better paying job or start your own business on the side and pay off your obligations too? Rather than looking for an either-or solution, look for a solution that involves both choices. We so often limit ourselves and our vision.
Make a plan
Rather than wait for disaster to fall, why not create an exit plan? Create a timeframe. It can be six months or six years to completion but start today. Determine what you are going to do on a weekly/monthly basis to get unstuck.
Identify your strengths and skill-set
Know what you are good at and take credit for it. Don’t think of yourself as “just a teacher” or “just an office worker”. Recognize your unique gifts and value them.
Keep your resume up to date. Identify key companies that you would like to work for. Research them extensively. Network with other people who can inform you of new opportunities. Stay up to date with trends in your field. Volunteer and sign up for extra training. Keep certifications or licenses current. There are a lot of reasons why leaving a job is challenging. Even when we hate where we are working, it is at least familiar, even comfortable. It is easier to follow the same routine day after day than it is to break out of it and take a risk. Don’t let the illusion of security lull you into complacency. Create a plan and come unglued… in a good way of course…
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