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Are You Stuck in Your Job?

I hate when I hear that people get stuck in a job they really don’t like. I know it happens to most of us (including myself). I think the problem is what do you do when you get stuck? Are you someone who gets stuck and stays there. Do you grin and bear it?

If this is you, then I have a word for you…STOP! Stop just grinning and bearing it. This is no way to live. My son recently said to me, “Dad, it is Tuesday only 3 more days to the weekend.” I asked him why he said it. His answer didn’t surprise me because he said he likes the weekend because I can hang with him more and he doesn’t have to go to school. Now he is 7 and I thought this mentality didn’t start infiltrating a mind until they got into a job they hated. Evidently this is not the case.

Maybe we should find enjoyment in everything we do first and foremost. Then and only then can happiness be found. Or maybe if we don’t get some type of joy or happiness out of what we are doing, we should re-think what we are doing. I know this can be a can of worms but needs to be pondered…

My suggestion is that if you don’t find more happiness daily than dread, you should make a firm decision to change. You don’t have to change immediately but take steps to do it as soon as possible. For example, if you are in a job you hate and want to do something else. List on a page the top three things you dream of doing. Once you are done, start doing #2. Even if it is only in your spare time, start today. Over time your brain will catch up and find ways to allow you to do it full time. I never suggest jumping off a cliff and leave your whole life behind. I do suggest starting slow and accept your new life.

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Uncontrolled Changes Hurt

Starting fresh every year is a highlight for me. I love new years. I typically don’t stay up late enough to watch the “ball drop” on New Year’s Eve because I am not much of a night person and have a couple of kids running around who wear me out.

2008 was a very special year for us at eCareerCenter. We saw some major milestones passed including our new website, improved services and hitting some almost impossible revenue goals. Thank you to all of you who read this blog and have hired us to assist you. I hope we have lived up to your expectations.

Looking ahead, I see a tough year for job seekers. I don’t say this in the same understanding as others do who are not in the jobbing business. I mean it is going to be tough for job seekers because they have to hear everyone talking about how tough the times are for looking for a job. The mouth pieces will continue in that vein stating this is the toughest time to find a job and perpetuate the “sky is falling” mentality.

Yes things have slowed in many industries. Some industries are taking a beating such as the financial and real estate ones. I have talked with many of you in these two industries and have said the same thing…”Yes, it is tough right now but are you prepared to weather the storm or is it a good time for you to re-evaluate your options?” For some people, hardships present themselves as a change in direction. For others, they decide to stick it out. Either way is challenging on the emotional and psychological side. Prepare for it by finding your own way to stay strong. Repeat positive messages, keep working out, push yourself to get out there and meet people and never, never quit. Those who finish on top typically have the attitude of perseverance.

The main reason I write “it is going to be tough for job seekers” is because a large number of you are going to have to realize the need to retool and change. Change is VERY painful for many of us. I like change when I am in control of it. I get jazzed up by it. When I am not controlling the change, I go kicking and screaming like many do. This past year I lost my mom to cancer. I had zero control of this change and am still hurting from it. But every day I wake, I keep moving forward realizing all that I have learned through this uninvited change.

So yes, it is going to be tough for you, the job seekers. Tough in the sense you don’t want to have to go back to school or take a position at a lower level or do something they thought they would never have to go back and do. The sooner you accepts the facts, the sooner you can blaze a new trail in your career. This new trail may hurt in the beginning because of the rusted tools you have to use. But as you get going, you will see it is not that bad and maybe even better for you. Do something you are dreading; it may cloud your vision but clear your head.

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