For a plethora of reasons, careers goals can fizzle. That dream position that started out with such great promise no longer shines as it once did. You feel unappreciated – almost invisible. The career path you chose years ago no longer fulfills or challenges you.
Other signs that spell a definite stall include:
- People are being promoted all around you
- Your job responsibilities and duties have decreased
- Your input is no longer sought after
- You dread each day
- Family and friends have grown weary of your job complaints
Don’t beat yourself up about it. That is, unless you choose the do-nothing-but-whine approach; in that case – then smack away.
The fact is, careers stall. It probably happens a lot more often than you think. Step out of the comfy familiar, yet limiting, “victim” shoes and choose to take action.
- It’s time to talk to your boss
Approach the one-on-one meeting with a positive, I’d-like-more-challenge-responsibility-input attitude. Refrain from blaming, pouting, or getting defensive. Your boss may be unaware of your career goals OR unaware of the shifts in the scope of your job. Be specific about what changes you’d like to see in your present position. Inquire about other positions suited to your particular skillset. Broach the subject of upcoming openings you would qualify for if you agreed to seek additional training.
- Volunteer to learn the new system/take on the next project,, or to troubleshoot the latest issue
Initiative and an eagerness to learn will get you noticed. If in the past you opted for a behind-the-scenes approach, take a more active role in leadership, brainstorming, or mentoring. Plunge into whatever area best suits your skills and become noticed.
- Consider both short-term and long-term educational opportunities
Maybe a certification program requiring a relatively minor commitment will position you for a promotion within the department. If the job you really want requires extended training, however, or possibly a specialized degree, consider the reality of making that type of commitment at this time in your life. Will family responsibilities allow you to return to school? Are you up to the challenge of meshing work/family/school?
- Re-evaluate your specific career goals
Over time, your aspirations may have shifted. New priorities may have replaced what once seemed important, or even crucial. Grab pen and paper and put your re-ordered goals down on paper. Mull over the list for a couple weeks – months if it takes that long. An adjusted set of career goals are necessary to bringing fulfillment back into your employment world.
- Seek a mentor who can guide you toward achieving your newly ordered career goals
Choose someone in your field or the field you aspire to enter – someone who will be committed to seeing you succeed. Be teachable and remain open to constructive criticism.
At B. Loehr Staffing, we’ve been specializing in jumpstarting careers in the fields of office/administration, accounting, medical, clerical, and light industrial since 1898. Contact us today for excellent opportunities to further your career.