Are you 1 of the millions of people who hate their job, but still find themselves unable to move on to better opportunities?
How many times have you told yourself that you’re finally ready to make a huge change in your career – whether it be apply for that department transfer that comes with a huge pay raise, sign up for those night classes that will teach you the skills you need for the industry you want to break into, or submit that application to a new company that has just posted your dream job?
And what have you done in the past 3-6 months to actually accomplish any of it?
I’m not asking to make you feel any type of way or to place judgment, I just think it’s important for us to be real about the fact that 99% of the time, what we say is different from what we actually do.
Here are the 5 main reasons people continue to stay at an unfulfilling job for months (and years) past its expiration date – even though they know it’s time to go.
You Have A Fear of Change
The #1 reason most people can’t move past the thinking stage into doing is because they are afraid of the unknown that comes along with change.
No matter how much we may despise our current job, we have gotten so used to it that we’re willing to deal with a horrible boss that has no clue how to manage our career, or a long commute that drains all of our energy , or having to complete boring and mundane tasks every single day.
For many people, it is often easier to stay in a bad situation where we know what to expect than to risk going out into the unknown. Until you decide that you’re finally ready to take a risk, you won’t ever be truly motivated to take the necessary steps you need to improve your career.
You Can’t Afford To Be Without A Steady Income
I’m not sure why, but when people think about venturing off to find a new job opportunity, one of the first things that come to mind is feeling like they will have to deal with loss or decrease in income.
I’m not sure where these people are getting their career advice from, but unless you were involuntarily let go from your job, there’s no reason why you can’t wait to quit until you have another one lined up.
It’s true that looking for a job can sometimes feel like a full time job in and of itself, but it doesn’t mean you need to lose out on your recurring paycheck to make it happen. Instead, make a plan – that includes a deadline – and work backwards from there. It’s important that you map out time in your day to focus on looking for new opportunities (outside of the workday).
Your Resumé Is Outdated
I think everyone can agree that the resumé is the most important marketing document when it comes to any job search. Because everyone knows this, having a resumé that hasn’t been updated for some time is a cause of anxiety and stress.
Yes, the process of updating and customizing your resumé for jobs you are interested in applying for can be time consuming (and sometimes overwhelming), but you shouldn’t let this cause you to be paralyzed and unable to take the steps necessary to get out of your current professional rut.
You can’t go through a successful job search without a shiny new resumé. Know it. Own it. Do it.
You Need To Learn New Skills
For those who have been in their current job for a really long time or are looking to break into an entirely new industry altogether, you may have to be open to learning new skills as things change in every industry – especially were technology is concerned.
When it comes to updating your profile with new skills and experiences, you’ve just got to plan strategically. Those who usually get overwhelmed by the process of figuring out next steps in continuing education, simply haven’t taken the time to set a realistic plan. If you want to move into an industry that requires an additional degree, for example, you need to factor this time into your journey.
Ask yourself – what are the skills I need for a new career opportunity? How much time will it take? How much is it going to cost? Once you’re clear on these things, you can put together a deliberate and strategic plan of how to get it done.
You Really Like Your Coworkers
If you’re lucky enough to work with people you actually enjoy spending time with each day, it can be scary to think about risking such a great dynamic to go off into a situation where you aren’t sure what to expect.
What’s important to keep in mind is that at the end of the day, everyone does what’s best for them in their own careers. Believe me, if your amazing coworkers find other opportunities that will pay them more and give them greater responsibility, I’m sure they won’t be as apprehensive as you are to say goodbye.
In this day an age it is so easy to keep in contact with anyone. And the same way you were able to build relationships at your current job, you will be able to do the same at a new job as well.
The longer you stay in a bad work environment, the more it gets ingrained into our psyche and the more you start to beat up on yourself and think you will always fail in your professional life since you can’t seem to break the cycle.
If it were easy to make big changes in our professional lives, then everyone would be doing it (and there wouldn’t be very much use for career coaches like me).
If you are ready to make a huge change in your career and would like an accountability partner to help you through the process, click here to apply for a free career success call with me so we can talk about how you can go about taking your career to the next level!
Looking forward to hearing from you.