5 Signs You’re In the Wrong Job and Need a Change

October 13, 2015

Career Advice

3546059144_1b33dfdc0e_oAre you where you should be in your organization?

Stop and think about the department you’re in, or the job you execute, or the manager that you are. Are you selling yourself short and merely maintaining or surviving? Are you clocking the hours so you can get the check? How long has it been since you played devil’s advocate or challenged anything that your boss had to say?

These are all questions to ask yourself if you are getting an inkling that you career has stagnated. Here are some signs that you may not be in the right job for you:

  1. You’re crabby, crabby, crabby. Your crabby meter goes from 0-100 in a nanosecond. Everything sets you off. You blow a gasket because the binder clips have been moved again. Or, your co-worker has asked you for the umpteenth time to cover for him or her. Grrr!
  2. You’re constantly complaining at home. You find that all you do at home is complain about work to your family. This tells you it’s constantly on your mind and you can’t shut it off. Instead of enjoying your life outside of work, everything has become work, work, work.
  3. You can’t turn off the jealousy. As much as you want to be happy for your friends who are talking about their challenging jobs and engaging teams, it just makes you feel jealous of their good fortune. Try to keep in mind that sometimes this is all posturing.
  4. Your energy has plummeted. Has your energy level dropped below where it typically hovers? If your desire to do your every day work has waned, and this has continued for a long period of time, you might need to hit the road.
  5. What was once easy has now become difficult. The easy stuff that you used to do in your sleep is easy no more. It’s tripping you up! Maybe the easy has become so easy that it seems meaningless and you take it less seriously—sometimes to the point of really botching things up.

If your conscience has been telling you something is off, your conscience is probably right. Listening to that voice means you’re paying attention. The voice never lies.

Image via Yoel Ben-Avraham/Flickr

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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