You’ve noticed that something is off, and you just can’t put your finger on it. Your excitement has dwindled, you can’t recall the last time you felt good about getting up and going to work, and you spend your days on the job clock-watching and dreaming about fleeing. These are signals that perhaps it’s time to be honest and question whether this particular role is genuinely right for you. Being in a job that is not fit for you is depressing your professional life and life outside of work. So, why stay?
If you’re umming and ahhing over whether to stay or go, here are a few signals that may help you decipher whether this role is for you.
It brings out the worst in you.
You feel like a fake, frayed, strained, and anxious, and you become enraged at the most insignificant things, such as a simple misunderstanding. In a nutshell, you are feeling completely out of sorts.
If you believe deep down inside that this role is not for you, it will become impossible to ignore, but it will also begin to sow seeds of doubt in your mind, which you do not want. Also, make a note of any new behaviours you may have developed due to your inability to function in this capacity. For example, drinking excessively, smoking more than usual, over or under eating, excessively, or engaging in any other self-destructive behaviour must be handled quickly.
If you believe your job is hurting your well-being, it is time to look for something that will help you to achieve your goals.
It doesn’t make the most of your skillset.
You have put in years of training, experience, and skill development, and you are not putting any of it to good use, are not you? A situation like this will almost certainly leave you feeling extremely depressed and disappointed about your professional prospects. What is the use of doing something if it does not use at least part of your abilities?
In a role, your skillset is incredibly significant. It gives you the confidence and capacity to succeed by understanding what to do and when and the most effective way to use your knowledge and abilities. In the absence of any application of your skills, you will not be able to improve upon them while on the job, resulting in your abilities being dormant. If this is the case, you should begin looking elsewhere immediately. Continuously enhancing your capabilities is an indication that you are making progress.
You have hit a dead end in your job.
If there is limited possibility for growth in your current position, it may be time to reevaluate your reasons for remaining. It is depressing to believe that you are stuck in a rut at work. It is terrible to be aware that you are. The result could become stale very soon if there is no possibility for growth or manoeuvring. Take this as a warning sign that you should start seeking elsewhere a position that will allow you to advance your skills and knowledge.
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M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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