How I Landed My Dream Job is a great resource for anyone looking for advice or tips on how to find the ultimate career happiness. The journey of finding or creating your dream job is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride. It is filled with highs, lows, and a lot of suspense. You find yourself often worrying what’s coming next.
Our world is so instant. We find ourselves unconsciously – sometimes its’ unconscious, looking for instant gratification for everything that we do. This behavior is anxiety-provoking. We’re the generation that has enough influence to make the world’s most popular company’s shift the way they do business to make it more appealing to US… yet, we’re still not satisfied.
Everyone fears change, but we know that the fear of getting stuck or complacent is even more frightful so we leave any and everything that feels like it’s stopping us from our growth. Sometimes we leave situations, job, and even relationships too early because it feels like it’s hindering us from our greatness.
I came across this post, 5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job on the career planning section of the Harvard Business Review and I felt like it wasn’t geared toward Millennials. I was inspired to put my own spin on this list. Here is my version of 5 Signs It’s Time for a New Job…
You are not learning. Studies have shown that the happiest progression involves work that stimulates the mind into continuous learning. Duh! I’m glad this was number one. I struggle with this one a lot. Some companies are quick to hire you on these large ass “teams” but neglect to put time and effort into your individual growth. Individual growth is just as important as overall growth for the team(s) that you serve. If I personally feel stuck it will affect the way I think and work as a team. The team is growing for the greater good of the organization, but WHAT ABOUT MY GREATER GOOD AS A CONTRIBUTOR?
This is particularly important if you are high on Openness to Experience/Inquisitiveness, a personality trait associated with curiosity, creativity, love of learning, and having a hungry mind – basically, if you’re me.
You are underperforming. If you are stagnated, cruising in autopilot, and could do your job while asleep, then you’re almost certainly underperforming. If you want to be happy and engaged at work you are better off finding a job that entices you to perform at your highest level.
I didn’t have to change this one, they nailed it. We know that once we get bored, it’s a time to find a new thrill. I don’t think it’s our faults though. How do you humbly go to your boss and say, “Hey I’m not happy or engaged but I don’t think the work that our team is doing is enough to make me happy or further engaged than I currently am?”
You feel undervalued. Even when employees are happy with their pay, they will not enjoy their work unless they feel appreciated. People who feel undervalued at work are more likely to burnout and engage in counterproductive work behaviors.
I work on a very large team. Everyone has this competitive spirit like we aren’t working toward the same goal. It’s not an internship where we’re fighting for a FT opportunity. We already have the job. This behavior makes it easy for manager to overlook the employees who are super talented. They encourage this competition and it’s not healthy. Players on the Chicago Bulls don’t have individual agenda’s. They practice and train as a team so on game day everybody wins when the team wins. Ugh!
You are just doing it for the money. Staying on a job just for the money is unrewarding at best, and demotivating at worst. Employee engagement is three times more dependent on intrinsic than extrinsic rewards, and financial rewards extinguish intrinsic goals.
A lot of my peers work high paying jobs they hate, but are working toward personal career goals on the side. Basically, the job that is starting to suck the life out of you is actually helping you reach your “Dream Job.” While this isn’t a bad thing, you are just less engaged at the place that pays you and more engaged with spending company time working toward your own entrepreneurial goals or looking for a better paying job.
It’s time to start that, “Just In Case I Quit My Job” fund!
You hate your boss. As the saying goes, people join companies but they quit their bosses. There is a great deal of overlap between employees who dislike their jobs, and those who dislike their bosses.
Hate is such a strong word, but I think the reality of this is people join companies because they want to grow and learn from smart organizations and leaders. Sometimes the leaders get so focused on the business needs that they forget that their employees need to be watered to grow – especially if those employees are millennials.
Until organizations do a better job at selecting and developing leaders, employees will have to lower their expectations about management or keep searching for exceptional bosses.
Well, there’s my rant. I’m still searching for my dream job. I don’t know what it looks like. I don’t know what that title is, but I know it exists.