July 16, 2018
Once you loved your job, but now you find yourself dragging your feet in the morning. You don’t want to get out of bed, you don’t want to get ready—you just don’t want to go. It’s an awful feeling when you don’t like your job and think it might be time for something new. But before you jump ship, it’s important to ask yourself some introspective questions to determine where you’ll go next.
Trying to move forward with your career?
To self-evaluate the situation, think about the following:
- What do I want from my career? This is the best place to begin. You know you’re unhappy but it’s always a good idea to plan where you want to go next to achieve your career goals. And if you don’t have any of those yet… it’s time to set a short- and long-term plan for yourself. Think about where you’d like to be in six months, a year and five years. Then, break those plans down into small steps—and get to work!
- What don’t I like about my current job? This is another important question and one that’s important to answer. After all, you don’t want to leave your current job, only to move on to another one that still doesn’t make you happy (for all the same reasons). Is it the actual work—do you not feel challenged? Or do you feel overwhelmed? Is it micromanagement, or maybe not enough guidance from a higher-up? Do you not like the people you work with (because you’re bound to run into difficult co-workers at any job)? Or is it something else?
- What is my preferred work environment? Maybe it’s the work environment itself you’re not fond of. If you’re a person who prefers quiet to concentrate and do your work, but you’re surrounded by others who brainstorm out loud right near your desk—it’s understandable you might not be happy.
- Do I need to improve any skills? If you want to move on, do you have the experience and talent required to get a different job? Depending on what you’d like to do next, explore job descriptions to see what else you may need to learn.
- Can I simply move into another department? Rather than completely uprooting yourself (and depending on the nature of the issue), it might be easier to just take a job in another department of your current company. Check with Human Resources to see what else may be available.
What to do when it’s really time to part ways
You might want to work with a staffing agency. Recruiters are experts at what they do and can help you find a new job you love.
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