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Square Peg in a Round Hole

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on October 1, 2012

So you started a new job, one you were excited to take on…or for whatever reason…needed to take on. And you realize that it is not a fit. You aren’t motivated to come in, you are stressed about your tasks or lack thereof, and so on. Do you quit? Can you afford to quit? Do you search for a new job and not mention this one?

For some people, where they work is just a job that you do from 9-5, you go home and you don’t think about it. For others, this is a post for you. I know that in my years working, I always looked for opportunities that matched my personal mission and passion. If I was going to give up time at home with my children, it had to be for a purpose that I believed in. Earlier in my career, I couldn’t be as selective. I didn’t have 5 different opportunities to choose from. And with this economy, not many of us have the choice of jobs even with lots of experience. I have talked with many friends, colleagues and connections about how unhappy they are in their jobs.

In the May 2012 issue of Forbes magazine, they reported on a survey that found only 19% of those interviewed were happy with their jobs. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/05/18/new-survey-majority-of-employees-dissatisfied/)

Are you one of them? If not, what can you do to change that? In the short term, unless you are independently wealthy or have a partner who can absorb the financial hit, you keep working.

Here are some other things for you to consider doing. These are ideas that have been shared with me that my connections tried and recommended while they were trying to move into a more satisfactory role:
– figure out what makes you unhappy at work and if it is fixable, start the process of fixing it
– if it is not fixable, start looking elsewhere
– given that you are (presumably) gainfully employed, take your time and figure out what kind of work and what kind of work environment would make you happy
– don’t burn bridges where you are
– don’t tell them you are looking (all businesses need to look out for their own longevity – I have seen friends fire friends over knowing they where looking)
– the right time to share your search will come up, you will know when the time is right
– if in your search process you feel or sense something is not quite right in the interviews, PAY ATTENTION, it feels that way for a reason – no sense in leaving one bad situation only to take on another
– do your homework, talk to people who have worked where you are looking (use 2nd and third connections through LinkedIn if you must)

Only you will know if making a move is right. As someone who has been in roles both long term and a couple of consecutive short term roles, I understand the stress of “what it looks like” to leave a job quickly. Know yourself, and keep in touch with strong work connections that can give you good advice and serve as references. Be prepared to explain your choices to a potential employer.

When you add up the hours in a week you spend commuting, working and preparing for work, you realize this is as significant as choosing a life partner. It is partially about income, but the other part is about quality of life. You have a choice in what that looks like, though you may not be able to change it immediately you can move in the right direction starting now.

I would love to hear about your experiences of this type of change. The best thing we can do for each other is share our experiences so that others may learn from them. I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?


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