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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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The Great Leadership Qualities of Washington and Lincoln

 

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In honor of President’s Day, I am going to discuss two former U.S. President’s, Washington and Lincoln, and according to history they were two of the greatest known leaders.  Let’s find out why!

Washington’s leadership style:

George Washington had the gift of silence.  He knew when to speak and when not to engage in conversation with those who didn’t appreciate him or what he did.  He had dignity, integrity and didn’t complain.  He gathered information quickly before making important decisions.  Washington set aside his differences and resolved disputes by focusing on the goal.  He was known for giving basic directions to his commanders and let them make their own strategic decisions.

Quotes from George Washington:

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. ~  George Washington

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. ~ George Washington

It is better to be alone than in bad company. ~ George Washington

Lincoln’s leadership style:

Lincoln was a great listener and people were free to oppose his point of view without fear.  He was good communicator and had a clear vision of what he wanted to accomplish.  He was a storyteller, had a good sense of humor, and had a way of diffusing tense situations.  Lincoln was humble, descent, kind, compassionate, honest and motivated others.  He had a calm demeanor and when angry he would write letters to the person he was angry with, to get out all emotion, and then he would put the letter aside.

Quotes from Abraham Lincoln:

Courage is not the absence of fear.  It is going forward with the face of fear. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Don’t worry when you are not recognize, but strive to worthy of recognition. ~ Abraham Lincoln

The most common characteristics that both Washington and Lincoln had both were good listeners, good communicators and had the ability to diffuse confrontation situations.

Question:

What qualities do you think makes a great leader?

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A good LEADER create LEADERS in others!

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What is a good leader?  How does a good leader create leaders in others?  Those are great questions to ponder.

What is a good leader to me?

A good leader listens even when they don’t agree and has the ability to explain their outlook and why.  Has a talented way to give constructive feedback without deflating the employee.  Hold others accountable for their actions and hold themselves accountable, as well.

The ability to communicate the strategic plan and goals for the future of the team.  Motivate and encourage team members to obtain these goals with leadership and team building skills.

A good leader is trustworthy, honest, ethical, loyal, dedicated and dependable.  They coach, mentor and respect their employees and want them to succeed within their organization.  They are upfront about difficult uncomfortable situations and the subordinates are not guessing or assuming what they really meant.  These are a few traits I believe makes a good leader.

How does a good leader create leaders in others?

A good leader meets with their employees one on one to discuss personal development.  The supervisor and staff member create an action plan with goals and training courses.  Through coaching, mentoring, a career development plan and leading with a proven successful manner, the employee will be on a career path of purpose.  It is up to the individual to pursue their dreams and aspirations to be a good leader.  Don’t underestimate the importance of having a good coach, leader or person in your life to assist you along the way. Having a good leader to follow is priceless. Just think, what possibilities could be in the workplace if everyone was a good leader.  ~ Patti

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Leaders taking time away from work

As Leaders each day we push ourselves to get more completed and do more.  We continually are working on the big picture or the next great thing.  We over work and are constantly thinking about work however there comes a time to stop and live in the moment.  To spend time with family, friends, spouse/partner and really give them our full attention without focusing and thinking of work.

How do we do this?

When should we do this?

How often should we do this?

The answer:  What is really important to you?  Reflect on these questions and is it time to realize we need our family, friends, our spouse/partner in our lives.  They keep us balanced, grateful and loved.

Usually it is for them that we work so hard but they also require our loving attention as well.  It could be showing up to a ball game for our kids.  A date night with our spouse.  Taking our parents out to lunch or shopping.  Sending a text to a friend thinking of you.  Or just listening and talking about the little things. This is what matters.  Make it a point to do the little things to keep relationships alive.

Life is more than work, it is about living a good meaningful life.  Take an adventure.  Put time and effort into relationships like you do with work.  You will probably be happier and so will your friendships, family, work life and YOU!

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