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Feeling Stuck in a Dead-End Job?

How do you know when you are in a dead-end job?

I have spoken to a lot of people who feel they are stuck in a dead-end job.  When Sunday comes around they dread thinking about going into work the next morning.  On Monday mornings they hit the snooze button multiple times and force themselves out of bed.  On the way to work, they push themselves with positive affirmations or the opposite with “I hate my job” self-talk.

🦋  Do you feel like you could do your job in your sleep?

🦋  Are there no advancement opportunities where you work?

🦋  Do you feel hateful and resentful when you walk through your workplace?

🦋  Do you get any acknowledgement for a job well done?

Well, here are some questions below to ask yourself.  Answer them with the first reaction you have.

🦋  Am I learning any new aspects in my position?

🦋  Are my job duties challenging to me?

🦋  Do I enjoy going to work everyday?

🦋  Am I motivated and strive to increase my productivity level?

🦋  Do I feel I am making a difference?

🦋  Are my coworkers positive at work?

🦋  Am I positive at work?

If you answered no to these questions, you may be feeling stuck in a dead end job.

What are some options to improve my career situation?

Create a Career Journal to keep track of your career goals, action steps, certifications, accomplishments, achievements, and references all in one area.

Making or adding to your career journal is a great way to be organized and to refocus on your career path.

What’s in a Career Journal:

  • Career goals and ideas
  • Keep track of career progress
  • Lessons learned
  • Coaching strategies
  • Advice from mentors
  • A private place to vent career disappointments
  • Keep positive affirmations and quotes
  • Gain a new perspective
  • Resume, cover letters, interview tips, interview questions, thank you letters, recommendations, references and certifications
  • Mission statement and values
  • Develop a career action plan
  • Keep motivated and inspired
  • To celebrate the small successes

How to Get Started:

  • Get a large binder; put all your career paperwork and ideas into it
  • Then decide if you want to put all your information into a computer document, on-line journal, a book journal, or a binder
  • Organize by categories
  • Add to your career journal regularly
  • Keep it in a secure place

Self-Reflection Questions for Career Journal:

  • What did I learn?
  • What did I accomplish?
  • Did I receive any compliments?  If so, what was it and who said it?
  • How did I make a difference?
  • Did I have any setbacks and how did it affect me?
  • How can I change my situation and get new career opportunities?
  • Where should I start networking to meet new people and look for better job opportunities?

What to consider:

Should I stay at my current employment or move on?

Make a list of “why to stay” and “why to go”.  Be upfront and honest. No holding back from the truth of the matter!

What’s keeping me here?

Are there other options?

If, so what are they?

  • A Transfer within the company?
  • Start job hunting?
  • Hire a career coach?
  • Go back to school and learn something new?
  • Retirement?

After making and reviewing the list to “stay or go”.  What did this list tell you?

Take Away:
Don’t stay in a job where there is no opportunity for advancement.  Take a leap of faith and try something different.  You will have a career purpose with meaning again.  Whatever decision you make to either stay or go; having a career journal will keep you organized and focused on your career goals as well as helping you be ready for the next career opportunity.

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Warning Signs – Is It Time To Look For Another Job?

Recently I was sitting outside enjoying my lunch.  As I was enjoying the calm light breeze of the climate change.  I started watching people as they walked towards their workplace building.  They all had a look of dread on their face with their heads down.  It was so discouraging; seeing no smiles, no spring to their steps, no looking around to say hi to someone or appreciating the beautiful weather.  I thought to myself; these are definite signs these individuals no longer enjoy going to work.

Does this resonate with you?

After a wonderful weekend with family and friends, it is now Sunday night.  You are preparing yourself for going back to work in the morning.  Making your lunch, laying out your work clothes and shoes.  As you are finishing and getting ready for bed you experience anxiety of not wanting to go to work tomorrow.  You lay in bed, put on some calming music or a guided meditation or you take a sleep aid product.  The feeling just doesn’t go away.  You toss and turn throughout the night.  Then your alarm goes off and you hit the snooze button numerous times and finally with reluctance you drag yourself out of bed.  The first thing you need is some kind of pick me up, whether it is coffee, tea, mountain dew, monster drink or energy now pill just to get you going.

Your journey to work is depressing.  You want to be doing something else then going to work.  You start walking slow towards your workspace with no enthusiasm whatsoever.  You don’t want anyone to communicate with you.  You just want to be left alone and everyone to be silent.  No good mornings, no friendly greetings, just silence.  It takes you a few minutes to get your supplies out or turn on your computer.    Throughout the day your lack of work purpose is miserable.  You do the bare minimum of work so you won’t  get fired.  You can’t focus, you just want to get out of there!  That is all you can think about.  You can’t wait to leave.  Five minutes before your shift ends you are already pack and ready to run out that door.

Warning Signs

  • Anger, Negative Attitude, Emotional or Ungratefulness
  • Boredom, Going Through the Motions, Complacency, Lack of Enthusiasm, Loss of Empathy, Compassion or Isolating One-Self from Others at Work
  • Feelings of Dread, Unforgiveness Towards Co-Workers or Management or an Overwhelming Sense of Having No Control or Input Regarding Work
  • Hard to Stay Focus on Tasks, Headaches, Stress-Tension, Overwhelm and Daily Exhaustion at Work
  • You have been in the same position without Advancement or Promotion for over three years or more, and you really want to continue to advance within your career
  • You are not feeling any challenge, motivation, appreciation, recognition, positive feedback or acknowledgment in current position

Do any of these warning signs appear in your daily work life?  If so, maybe it is time to consider a change?

Here are some self-reflecting questions to answer to see if it is time to look for a different job:

  1. Reflect back to when you first started at your current position.
  2. What attracted you to the job?
  3. What did you like about the job?
  4. What has changed?
  5. What would make your job more interesting?
  6. What do you truly want in a career?
  7. How can you make a difference?
  8. What tasks or projects do you think would be interesting at work?
  9. Do you feel comfortable asking your supervisor for a new project, task or cross-train in another area?

Action Steps to Start Exploring a New Career Path:

  1. Hire a Career Coach
  2. Start networking and discreetly letting colleagues and friends know you are interested in finding a new position.
  3. Update your resume and cover letter
  4. Join LinkedIn and/or update your LinkedIn profile and job history
  5. Prepare and practice for job interview skills
  6. Search and apply for positions which match your qualifications
  7. Contact associates for references and referrals

Call to Action:

After answering these questions; what did your answers tell you?  Is it time for something new?  If yes, what action steps are you going to start?

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Lucky Penny Day

Today is National Lucky Penny Day it is observed each year on May 23rd.  The Lucky Penny tradition is when you are out and about, look on the ground for pennies.  When you see a penny, pick it up and all day long it will bring you good luck.

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How does your luck stand up? Do you consider yourself lucky in your life and your career?

Questions to Ask Yourself  to Measure Your Success:

  • Your Career Goals:
  • What are your career interests and aspirations?
  • What are you still working towards?
  • What have you accomplish?
  • Your Relationship Goals:
    What do you want in your relationships?
    Describe your ideal relationship?
    What is true friendship to you?
    What kind of people do you want to attract in your life?
  •    Your Health Goals:
    What are your lifestyle goals?
    What healthy habits do you want to develop?
    What habits do you want to eliminate?
    What does healthy mean to you?
  •   Your Financial goals:
    What are your financial goals?
    What are your debts versus your income?
    How much do you want saved for retirement?
    What adjustments will you make to accomplish your financial goals?

Call to Action:

What are you going to do to reach success?

How to Celebrate Lucky Penny Day:

Go for a walk and search for lucky pennies.

Take the whole family on a walk looking for lucky pennies and see who finds the most pennies.

At work, a team building exercise, have the team go for a walk together and search for lucky pennies, at the end of the walk have everyone share how many pennies they found.

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Breaking Bad Work Habits at Work

good-and-bad-habits

Bad habits in the workplace are everywhere.  None of us are perfect and we all have done at least one, some, or all on the list below.  A bad habit at work can damage career opportunities.  It is now time to become aware of them and stop doing them.

Here is a list of bad habits:

Tardiness – Arriving to work late, taking too long for breaks and lunches.

Gossiping

Complaining

A Negative Attitude

Procrastination

Lack of Enthusiasm

Lack of Motivation

Resisting Change

Being Disorganized

Lack of Manners

Interrupting People While Talking and/or Talking Over Them

Disrespectful

Demanding

Rude

Putting People Down

Talking Down to People

Lack of Listening

Isolating Yourself – Not a Team Player

Not Carrying Your Share of the Workload – Avoiding to Work

Being Unproductive ~ not doing the job; examples: surfing the internet, social media, purchasing stuff on-line, abusing personal cell phone by texting and/or on personal phone calls instead of working.

How to Break Bad Work Habits:

  • Identify
  • Recognize and decide to stop
  • Replace the bad habits with doing something positive

If your bad habit is tardiness, start showing up to work earlier.  If your bad habit is gossiping, stop and walk away when others start.  If your bad habit is unproductive, put your cell phone away and check it at break and lunch time.

Take away:

Have the desire and commitment to stop.  Think about what options you have to replace the bad habit.  Put it into action.  Start with one bad habit and conquer it.  Then move onto the next with confidence and perseverance.

Self-Reflection Questions:

What is your list of bad habits?

Which one will you stop and replace first?

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