Not all employers are the same. An employee might thrive with one employer and struggle with another, even if the technical requirements of the job are identical. But if you’ve struggled again and again to do well in your field despite working for employers with a variety of approaches, you may not yet have found the right job for you.
Five Signs You’re in the Wrong Job
You might be in the wrong job for you if:
- You have trouble connecting with anyone at work, especially because you lack work-related enthusiasm.
- You can’t bring yourself to tell people what you actually do for a living.
- You feel utterly overwhelmed by your workload.
- You’re bored – but joining a professional association or taking new training is out of the question.
- You see no hope for interesting advancement.
How to Find the Right Track – and Get On It
If any of these signs sound familiar, it’s time to start reconsidering your current work position. Where should you start? Try any of the following resources:
- Your local library. Every public library carries books on job-seeking, including books on how to find your passion. Dick Bolles’s What Color Is Your Parachute? is a classic, but many other books are available. While you’re there, you can also read up on jobs in fields that interest you more – and all for free.
- Career quizzes. There are many career quizzes and inventories available that can help you gauge your current level of dissatisfaction, find ways to make your current work more fulfilling, or point you in new career directions. Local colleges often offer access to these tools to members of the community for free or for a nominal fee, or you can search for career inventory tools on the Internet.
- Brainstorming. Set aside some quiet time and sit down with a pencil and paper. Try organizing your thoughts into several lists: “What do I love to do?”, “What jobs do I wish I had?”, “What jobs could I do that seem most secure?”, “What jobs can I do that pay the most?” By separating what you love from what seems safest, you can avoid talking yourself into another not-quite-right-but-safe career path while at the same time exposing unexpected connections between what you love and what will support you.
- A recruiter. Recruiting firms specialize not only in placing people in their current fields, but in helping talented workers reinvent themselves.
At Marquee Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you find the job that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more, or browse our open jobs today!