Are you at a job where you feel unappreciated? Do you get sad when you pull up in the parking lot at work? Are your skills and abilities often underutilized?
Believe me, I have been there before and it is not fun. It's disappointing, depressing and demoralizing. Hopefully, you'll come to the realization that this job is not for you. There are so many people in this same predicament. Why? Well studies have shown that people stay in unsatisfying jobs for the top following reasons:
Worried about finding another job
Too much time invested/don't want to start over
I get it! Finding another job is like breaking up with a significant other. It's an annoyance and can be very challenging BUT let's weigh the pros and cons.
STAYING WITH A DEAD END JOB
Meek outlook on life
Lackluster job performance
Potential to become a hostile work environment
SEEKING NEW OPPORTUNITIES
- Positive outlook on life
- Reduced stress and tension
- Contributions are welcomed
- Ability to utilize valuable attributes
- Increased flow of energy and endorphins
Clearly, there's a winner here...ding-ding-ding! Searching for a fulfilling career is much more than just obtaining another job, it's also a health benefit! Whatever you decide to do, always remember that you are in control of your career. If now is not the right time to jump ship, then begin journaling. Think of journaling like a professional diary. Below, I've created a checklist of what should be included in your journal:
What should be documented in your Journal?
✔️ Things that you are passionate about
✔️ Dream jobs & Aspirations
✔️ Short & Long Term Goals
✔️ Jobs and/or tasks that you are not fond of
✔️ Your worst job-related experiences, how you've overcame them or how they could have been avoided
All of your journal entries do not need to entered into all in one day; you can journal whenever you feel the urge. Every once in a while, go back and review what you've written. You will be surprised at how much you are tolerating at your "comfortable" job. I am sure it will be an eye opener.