You’re Just Not That Into It: Signs That Your Job Isn’t For You

April 10, 2012  |  
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The warning signs that your job is probably not for you could come as a subtle whisper or a loud, boisterous roar. It might be difficult to admit, even to yourself, when your well-paying, stable job just might not meet your needs as a professional. There is no need to be ashamed of leaving a job for one that will utilize your skills, have opportunities for advancement and reflect your professional and personal beliefs.

If you have been questioning the relationship between you and your career lately and feel like the spark may finally be gone, these signs might assure you that it’s probably that time to tell that current job, “I’m just not that into you.”

You Can’t See Yourself Advancing

The anticipation of advancement in the workplace should have you excited and should be expected as an employee. But if you have been on the job for more than a year or two and you still don’t see yourself advancing in the company or field, it’s time to evaluate your professional happiness and relevance in that position. As a businesswoman, you should always look for ways to advance and grow within your company, from entry to mid-level status, or at least in the field. If you cannot visually picture yourself growing as an employee, it is time to move on to find a career path that will keep you engaged, enthused and continuously moving forward.

Management Issues

The unforgiving aspect about a company is the mid and upper-level management. The reflection of the work culture and ethic established by these executives always trickles down to the lower level employees eventually. If you have professional issues with the way your management works with their lower level staff, address it first, and if no progress or change can be established to suit your comfort level with the company as an employee, evaluate your specific position.

You Don’t Really Believe In The Company

One important but little known tell-tale sign of whether your job and company suits you is if you believe in the brand and culture of your company. Although having a job in your field in this economy is a godsend, it doesn’t pay off personally to work for a company you can’t put your all into and have no faith in. It can challenge your professional beliefs, as well as your career goals. If you feel that you can withstand things like your company’s unfair practices, the hectic demands of your field or the company’s limitations, then grow more as an employee and maybe things will eventually change as time goes on. But if you do not believe in the company’s brand, whether it be a strong conviction professionally or personally, consider all of your career options, like changing companies to possibly changing job fields altogether.

The Job Bores You

There’s a fine line between boredom and not being challenged professionally, and it could be difficult to identify when your job crosses it. If you feel that you are not being challenged at your job, keep in mind that you must first observe whether you are doing your daily tasks effectively, then possibly more responsibilities would be given to you. Repetitiveness could be a sign of boredom, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not being challenged on the job.

Speak with your supervisor about possibly taking on more roles in your position after you have proven yourself to be a pro at your daily tasks. But if you feel that you have mastered your every day workload and you still are stagnant as an employee after multiple attempts of requesting more relevant work challenges, then that is the time to question whether you are being utilized to the fullest extent. The skills and talents you have acquired over the years as a professional should be used in various ways, and if you feel that your best assets are not playing a role in your every day work life, then speak up and find ways (or another position) that can give you full satisfaction.

The Overflow Into Your Personal Life

When your job starts to occupy your personal time, your thoughts or your emotions, the job might not be right for you. It is fine to get passionate about what you do from time to time, especially if you are in a field that you love, but if it starts to make you resent your career choice personally and emotionally, then you might need to consider a job with a lighter workload involved. First, evaluate yourself and realize that you can’t bring the work home. Make limitations for yourself as an employee, whether it is the amount of time you give to your job to what projects you decide to take on. If this is not an option in your company or field, but it is killing you softly and slowly both emotionally and possibly physically, it might be time to settle down a little professionally with the workload or with the type of field you’re in.

Your Job Search Gets Erratic

One of the most noticeable signs of when your job isn’t really for you (and you start to notice it for yourself) is when your job search outside starts to become “a shot in the dark,” meaning you are throwing your resume at any available position that remotely fits your previous experience. It’s not a bad thing to go after a job that might seem out of your comfort zone professionally, but if you are searching for jobs just to escape your current one, no matter what the position entails or how you fit in it, then you are not evaluating your current situation good enough.

Are you looking at positions that are giving you what you don’t have, like benefits or heftier bonuses? Are you looking for jobs that fill that void you have with your current one? Analyze your REAL reasons for why you are looking for a new job before you jump out and make a rash decision based on your unhappiness. This is an obvious sign of knowing you’re not content with your position. Acknowledge it and make progress, but do not let the excitement of finding just any job take over. Make sure it’s a career move from better to worse, not from unhappy to just ‘content.’

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