12 Signs You’re in a Dead-End Job
You want to make a difference. You want to feel appreciated. You want to be challenged. Most importantly, you want to know your hard work today is building towards a goal. If you don’t see any of these things on the horizon it might be time to re-evaluate your situation. Here are 12 signs you’re in a dead-end job:
- Your boss won’t give you the time of day.
You can’t get time with the boss to move projects forward. Your projects seem to get lost in the abyss. You are being ignored and emails go unanswered. You’re lucky if you catch your boss in the breakroom making their morning coffee.
- Your thoughts and opinions don’t matter.
You share your best ideas and solutions, but they are never implemented. Your voice isn’t heard, and your opinions aren’t valued.
- No interest in knowing your goals.
You can see yourself doing amazing things for your current employer, but you aren’t being asked about your professional goals or future plans.
- Career plans are ignored.
You are asked about your career goals and plans, but the boss pays no attention to them and doesn’t take you seriously.
- Your company hires outside talent.
You have watched on multiple occasions high-level positions open up and instead of promoting from within, the corporate culture is to bring in outside talent.
- You get no recognition.
There’s no praise in sight. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to please. You could do the impossible and the silence that would follow would be deafening.
- Decision makers practice favoritism.
You see favoritism or bias in management practices. If you’re not on their good side, you’ll probably be stuck doing what you are doing without any promotion in sight.
- Unfair treatment.
You notice your colleagues are getting opportunities you don’t get.
- Your skills are not being tapped.
You came into the job with a large skill set but your supervisor doesn’t tap into or go beyond what you’ve been contributing for quite some time. You may have been passed over for a promotion or your request to take on more challenging projects have been ignored.
- You’re not challenged.
You feel unchallenged by your job, your boss, or your co-workers with no avenue to change the projection of things.
- You lack motivation and enthusiasm.
You get that Monday morning feeling every morning and you find it hard to get out of bed. What you used to enjoy doing is no longer enjoyable. There’s no challenge, no opportunity that excites you at the workplace.
- A machine could do your job.
Your role is becoming obsolete, as the skills required are being replaced by technology.
Questions to ask yourself before resigning
If you’re seeing all these signs, it might be time to make a change. But, before you go job hopping, make sure the problem is not with you. Here are a few questions to ask prior to hitting the road:
- Have I communicated my career goals to my manager?
- Have I shown that I am willing and able to take on new roles and responsibilities?
- Does my employer offer training that I am not taking advantage of?
- Have I looked for ways to expand my current role by identifying unmet needs in the organization?
- Are there any other roles with my current employer that could help me learn new skills and address new challenges?
What to do when you know it’s time to move on
You’ve pondered the above questions and think it’s probably time to move on from your current job. But before you look for similar work elsewhere there are a couple more questions to ask yourself:
- If I was offered me a promotion within the company, would I really want the new job?
- Is there a job somewhere else in the company that excites me?
If your answer is “No!” to both of these questions, you may need to do more than look for a better version of your current job. You may need a career makeover. When choosing a new field or industry, think about where there is consistent and sustained job growth. If you do decide to change careers, you can often improve your odds of making a successful transition by first taking on part-time roles, temporary work, or projects.
If you like the type of work you do but desire a fresh start with a new boss and company, start pursuing one. Job seekers with in-demand skills are in the driver’s seat in today’s employment market. So be proactive and begin the process. There’s no reason to languish in a dead-end job without a plan to improve your situation.
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