Do you think your career is at a standstill? Do you get up every Monday morning and completely dread going to the office? Do you dream about leaving your job on a daily basis?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a good chance you may be in the wrong job. Below are 15 signs that you’re stuck in a dead-end job.
1. You open your CV in order to update it and you can’t think of anything to add to it.
2. You have been in this role for years and you know that there are no prospects for advancement.
3. Your manager doesn’t tap into your core skillset and you feel that your talents are being wasted.
4. You haven’t received a pay increase in years.
5. The only learning that you do at work is learning how to deal with the boredom of your job.
6. The work feels mechanical, monotonous and routine. You have been doing the same things every week for a long time and you don’t feel challenged.
7. When you try to think about your biggest accomplishment in 2016, you struggle to come up with an answer.
8. When you leave work, you never think about it until you have to return. You have no creative plans or ideas for your job.
9. Your job doesn’t stimulate you and you find your mind is constantly wandering throughout the working day.
10. You have different values to your employers. Values can lead to disagreements about environmental issues, civic responsibilities, customer relations etc. In any case, if it is known that there’s a mismatch, your career won’t move forward in that company.
11. You never receive any praise or recognition no matter what you do.
12. You feel you are being unfairly treated. You may have been passed up for opportunities that you deserved, you may feel that your salary is unfair or you may feel that your manager(s) shows favouritism towards some of your colleagues.
13. Your boss doesn’t value or implement any of your ideas, suggestions and proposals.
14. You dislike the general work culture or the majority of the people you work with.
15. Your employer shows no interest in your career plan or development goals. Alternatively, they may be interested in your career plan but they take no action to help you reach your goals.
How Do I Get Out of a Dead-End Job?
1. First, you need to be open to the idea that there are better options. During the recession, unemployment levels were very high (they peaked at 15.1% in February 2012) and most people were grateful to have any job at all. However, if you are one of the 50% of Irish people who is dissatisfied with their current role, you should know that it is a good time to look for a new job. The job market is booming in some sectors and the national unemployment rate is below 8%.
2. Second, you need to figure out whether you want to change your role, your employer or both. Once you have figured this out, you need to identify alternative job options that are suitable for your unique mix of qualifications, strengths, interests, motivations and personality traits.
3. Third, it is likely that there will be a transition period between your current role and your new role. During that period, it is important that you continue to be professional as possible and do your job to the best of your ability. You don’t need to burn bridges, especially if you want good references.
4. Fourth, you need to find alternative jobs or courses that you will enjoy and that will put you on your chosen career path.
5. Fifth, you need to tailor your CV for your chosen roles and brush up your interview skills to ensure that you have the ability to land a new job.
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