Career Success

3 Signs Your Job Is Not For You

Admitting your current job is not the best fit can be defeating and scary, especially if you made a career change or left a good position. However, it is imperative to recognise when something is not working for you or your career goals. This article looks at three signs your current job is not the right fit for you.

“If you find what you do each day seems to have no link to any higher purpose, you probably want to rethink what you’re doing.”

Ronald Heifetz

We all have to work hard to climb up the corporate ladder. Eventually, however, you will convince yourself that you have done all you can and that it is time to throw in the towel. Upon graduation, you are on the quest to look for a job, and if the economy sucks, you will most definitely welcome and accept the first job offer that knocks on your front door. That is not unusual. Most of us twentysomethings have secured jobs simply because we need the money to keep ourselves afloat or because we were fearful that we are done for if we do not accept those job offers.

Once you have stayed long enough in the corporate dimension, you may begin to discover that your current job is not what you envisioned. In addition, you may find certain things about the job that you dislike, and it prompts you to think about whether it is time to move on or push on. Here are three signs your current job is not the right one for you:

1. You are constantly on the lookout for the next chapter.

If you are spending more time hunting for job opportunities on LinkedIn than actually working, chances are, your current job does not fit well with your long-term vision. Of course, it is all right to unearth promising job opportunities occasionally. However, if you are always keeping your eyes peeled for the job of your dreams, it does not improve the situation you are dealing with.

Each of us has dreams that we want to materialise, but you need to pause for a moment and examine things from a realistic angle. If you want to be a famous photographer on Pexels or a well-known writer on Medium, you must accept that it requires patience and consistent effort to get to that career destination. Your current job may not be what you expected. Hence, the most logical step to remedy your situation is to look for a career opportunity that better aligns with your long-term career aspirations.

2. You leave work early.

It is only the first day of the week, and you clocked out with the idea of Netflixing at home circulating in your head. This may well be one of the most obvious indicators that you harbour a dislike towards your current job.

Leaving the workplace early does not need to be as evident as packing your bags and walking to the exit–you may have already mentally checked out. Mentally assuming that you are done for the day can show up in real life in the form of engaging with your phone, stepping away from your desk every ten minutes and daydreaming. Facing boredom is one thing; dealing with a slow and boring day is another.

3. You are not delivering your all.

It is totally fine to confront the reality and convince yourself that this current job is not the right one for you. However, one of the worst things you can do with your life is not giving your all.

When you are conserving your energy or deliberately not presenting your best performance, it spoils the entire mood in the office. If your colleagues are picking up hints that you are slacking on the job, they would either try their best to motivate you to pick up the pace or carry a negative impression of you for the rest of their lives. Do you want your colleagues or manager to see you as a lazy person? I am confident that the answer is negative. Hence, it is about time to search for a job that inspires you to do great things and motivates you to give 100% of your energy.


Final 2¢: Your career is not over.

Many individuals would emphasise how fortunate you are to be employed given the economic circumstances because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it is not wrong to confess that you want to squeeze more out of your career. This is where persistence and patience come in. Effect changes in your career pathway by applying to jobs that you are passionate about and put a smile on your face.

Another noteworthy point that readers must acknowledge is that just because you landed on the wrong job does not mean you have committed career suicide. We twentysomethings have the advantage of time on our side. So, it is never too late to move on to another job that better fulfils your career needs. That is why many of us are hopping from job to job–we fear failure more than regret. Ultimately, you are the only person that can put your career on the right path. So, never lose hope and stay resourceful when you are going after your dream job. It may take a while, but the effort will pay off, I assure you.

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