The good news? Clarity can make all the difference. This list will provide that to you.
If you’re in a position that does it for you, congratulations! You have what we all want. If not, hope is not lost. There is a way to better enjoy your career, whether in your current job or a new one. And, it’s easier than you may think.
As you go through the list, be honest with yourself. Reflection is the foundation to taking smart action.
You’ve outgrown your current job if:
1. The stress you feel about your job is taking a toll on you physically. You feel restless, you aren’t sleeping well, your health is suffering.
2. You’ve begun to question yourself and your abilities; you’re not clear you CAN find another or better position. This is a sign you’ve stopped being challenged and you’re no longer growing in your job.
3. Your reason for staying at this job is money, title or security. In other words, it’s safe.
4. You’ve got the Sunday night dreads, not blues, and have a difficult time psyching yourself up to go into the office. In fact, thinking about the week pretty much ruins your Sunday.
5. While you do your job well, you have no real passion for your work.
6. You don’t feel like yourself in and outside of work. For example, you’re irritable, you’ve become a loner, you feel constant resentment, etc.
7. Your healthy stress-relief tactics aren’t working (working out, time with friends, yoga) and negative alternatives have taken their place (over-drinking, over-eating, wasting away your free time).
8. The culture and/or vision of your company no longer fit with your own (think growth and values).
9. Your daily duties and requirements don’t light you up (being good at Excel doesn’t mean you love spreadsheets!).
10. You know in your gut that you have more to offer and that your skills and passions can and should be used in a different way. Potential sitting on the sidelines: a soul killer.
If you’ve checked more than 6 of the above, it’s time to make a change. Luckily, this doesn’t mean slowing down, adding more to your plate or more stress.
It’s common to feel dissatisfied with your career at different stages of life. The worst thing you can do is realize it and do nothing. We all deserve a career that we’re great at, that’s in our sweet spot and that give us what we want.
When you’re in the right job:
- Time flies at work- you’re energized, focused and into what you’re doing (at least part of the time).
- You’re functioning “in your zone” and know that no one can do what you’re doing the way you’re doing it.
- When you think about work outside of work hours, you don’t feel overwhelmed with stress.
- Your career is on a trajectory that feels right to you.
- You’re playing an active part in creating opportunities for your career.
- You feel yourself growing professionally and personally.
- You feel challenged and surprise yourself with what you can and do accomplish.
- Your accomplishments are recognized and rewarded.
- You spend a healthy amount of time at work and have time to enjoy your personal life.
- The company’s purpose and vision are in alignment with your own.
It’s possible to get what you want out of your career while still getting ahead. Trust me, I’ve helped dozens make it a reality.
What you often need is an expert set of eyes on your situation, someone to help you see your potential and show you how to package it to make an impact.
Your potential is your power. (Tweet this!)
The most forward-thinking women are tailoring their careers to fit them rather than waiting for the perfect fit to show up. Stay a step ahead and learn to identify and communicate your potential. You’ve got something the world needs. It’s time to put it out there and play big!
Your turn: what are signs you’re in the right or wrong job? Share in the comments below!