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5 signs you need to rethink your career

Feeling out of control

If your work routinely throws your life into chaos, or you don’t feel as if you have any way out of a bad situation, it could be a sign that you need a change, even if it’s a challenge to make it.

People who feel in control and believe that they can achieve goals, even in light of hardships.

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5 signs you need to rethink your career

5 signs you need to rethink your career

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All areas of your life are affected

When your job is affecting your mental and emotional health, so that anger and depression overwhelm you or bleed over into other areas of your life, it’s time to consider a change.

A toxic workplace

It can have a negative impact on your happiness and job performance.

Studies found that ostracism, bad leadership, harassment, and bullying have direct negative effects on job productivity. Also, being in a job you hate is worse for your health than being unemployed.

Not aligned with your values

If your job is not aligned with your values, you'll end up questioning the possibility of doing it for the next 15, 20, or 30 years.

The good part about it is the fact that this will point you in the right direction, where changes need to be made.

Not moving forward

When you feel stuck and can't get out of that state, your situation becomes problematic.

When this happens, make an effort to find happiness focal points: concentrate on 3 good things that happened to you during the current day.

Feeling out of control

If your work routinely throws your life into chaos, or you don’t feel as if you have any way out of a bad situation, it could be a sign that you need a change, even if it’s a challenge to make it.

People who feel in control and believe that they can achieve goals, even in light of hardships.

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Following protocol

Schedule a time with your supervisor to break the news. Be aware that sharing the news with the office grapevine might cause the news to leak prematurely before you formally give notice.

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Your future-focused "why"

Your supervisor will probably ask you why you are leaving.

Make sure your reason for leaving is opportunity-focused and aspirational and not because you are running away from something. Reasons may be taking on a more prominent role, learning new skills, working in a new industry or relocation.

Weighting counteroffers

Research found that while 58% of employers extend counteroffers, the average employee who accepts them stays less than two years in a company.

Keep the focus on your new opportunities and suggest that you remain in touch and explore the chance to return at a future time.

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Starting with you

Focus on you first as the foundation. Your beliefs, attitude, and energy will determine your success. Spend time building up your confidence. 

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Thinking like a historian

Your resume is a marketing document, not an autobiography that details every past role and responsibility. Your objective it trying to prompt a purchase decision, which is to invite you in for an interview.

Delve into job boards and companies' careers pages. Pull a few postings, and find what theme or criteria keep coming up. For instance, if you continually find that they need someone who can solve complex problems and navigate ambiguity, and you can do that, then put it in your resume.

Looking at the big picture

Remember all of the skills you bring to the table. If you're applying for a project management role, consider highlighting the complementary skills you bring to the table. However, it should be a value add, not a random sidebar of your career.

Showing how your specific background allows you to bring a new perspective to your work will help you to stand out above other candidates.

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Identifying your workplace strengths

Whenever you're asked what your workplace strengths are, you’ll want to be able to identify them.

There are four primary workplace strengths. These are the essential strengths to getting...

Envision strength
Some people have an “envision strength." 

These folks are visionaries who get energy and solve problems by asking and answering the question, where do we intend to go and why?’ It is common to find these strengths with strategists, marketers, and CEOs.

Characteristics of the “Envision” workplace strength
  • Thinking strategically: The ability to see past today’s issues and focus on a longer term destination.
  • Setting a visionary destination: The ability to establish a positive future in the minds of others that doesn’t exist today.
  • Thinking inventively: The ability to conceptualize a working solution that can ultimately convert into a tangible product-service offering.
  • Generating imaginative ideas: The ability to see and articulate possibilities that are not purely grounded in experience.
  • Thinking creatively: The ability to offer new thoughts on subject areas that others have not considered.
  • Pioneering new ideas: The ability to create a new line of thought that has not yet been proven in practice.
  • Brainstorming new ideas: The ability to work with others to co-create new ideas and new solutions.

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