So, the New Year has come and gone, but you are not getting where you want to go in terms of your career goals. Maybe your boss makes Miranda in ‘The Devil wears Prada’ look like a saint. You spend hours crying in the bathroom and can’t seem to find a way to make things better. Let’s be honest, it might not actually be your boss’s fault. You might not have given yourself enough time to rethink your career path. Don’t worry if you are struggling in a career rut – we’ve got some ideas to help you.
1- You are not looking for other jobs on a regular basis. Maybe you like your job, but it is not as exciting as it used to be. Looking for something new doesn’t mean that you will take the job, but it can make you feel like you have options. Just make sure that you are searching for other jobs on stealth mode and avoid discussing it with colleagues in the office, as this may cause distrust with your current employer. Hunt for other jobs during your free time or outside office hours, which means your company time and money are not being used. You should also avoid posting announcements on social media. One great tip is to make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date as this is a great avenue for head hunters to scout for new talent. Just be sure to turn off your auto-update settings. Our founder Alexandria once had a colleague tell her he knew she was moving to a new job when he saw that she LinkedIn to a bunch of people on her new team!
2 – You have stayed in the job way too long. Your skills and abilities are stagnating big time. Being in the same job for more than three to five years will make everything feel like a routine, and it is just a dead end. Consider taking a new role within your company by applying for a promotion. If there are no openings available to take the next level up, perhaps discuss with your manager about the possibility of giving you new tasks. This could help give management the view that you are ready for greater responsibilities within the company.
3 – Work is no longer a challenge for you. When you have just taken a new job everything is a great challenge for you. Over time, you will become an expert in the field, and the work no longer stimulates your brain. Eventually, you will become bored, and it can become easy to slack. Do you see people in your office who come in at 9:30 and start packing up at 4:57? These individuals are the ones who are sticking around and aren’t pushing themselves forward. Explore your career path to see if there is anything that you are good at and will make your heart pump. Try new challenges and activities.
4 – When was the last time you invested in your career? Invest in yourself by taking certification courses that will enhance your skills, increase your knowledge and put you on par with your career competition. It’s also worthwhile to spend money on professional associations an networking meetups. You must remember that change is constant in the workplace and you should know how to make the right kind of change within yourself through personal development. Also consider external changes. Are your clothes messy? Do you regularly show up to work without a tie or make up? We’ve read about one guy who raised his bonus by 10% just by wearing a tie. Time to dust off the heals and invest in some new clothing.
5 – You are too “busy” to network or have lunch with co-workers. Did you ever wonder why some companies conduct team building activities? This is to foster camaraderie among work colleagues. A happy workplace results in happy employees with increased productivity. But you don’t have to wait for the next outing! A simple lunch together with your co-workers could be a great time to bond with them. Take time to seek out those whom you might want to get to know better – even people at different companies. You want to be the first to hear about new jobs, management changes and other big news.