Tristan discusses why many of us keep ending up in jobs we hate. Have you found yourself in an endless cycle of moving from job to job only to hate every single one of them? If so, you aren’t alone. While the answer to why this keeps happening is simple, the solution is a bit more complicated.
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, I want to discuss why many of us keep ending up in jobs we hate.
Have you found yourself in an endless cycle of moving from job to job only to hate every single one of them? If so, you aren’t alone. I talk to clients all the time who can’t figure out why they keep taking jobs that they end up hating. While the answer to why this keeps happening is simple, the solution is a bit more complicated.
You lack clarity and are more than likely afraid to get true clarity. Many of my clients who find themselves in this spot are running from something instead of running towards something. Meaning they just want to get away from their job instead of focusing on what they want to get out of the next position and the company they work for. The lack of clarity in combination with the desperation to get out of your current situation is the perfect recipe that allows you to get distracted by the money, the company name and prestige, or the fact that they have foosball tables or nap pods instead of asking the right questions and digging deeper to understand the company culture and the work that you will be doing.
One of the other main reasons why you may be end up in jobs you hate is that you’re making career decisions for yourself based on the thoughts and opinions of other people, like your parents, family, and friends. While it is important to speak to those you love and gain their feedback, it should not be the main factor in your career decision-making. The sooner your let go of the people-pleasing and comparison games and begin making decisions based on your needs, desires, and circumstances, the sooner you’ll find yourself in a working situation you like.
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I don’t believe in dream jobs. I think the concept is complete bullshit because a) there is no perfect job for anyone and b) I don’t know about you, but I don’t dream of working. However, I do believe that there is such a thing as an ideal job, more specifically, a job that is the right fit for you, your needs, and your circumstances at this very moment. To land your ideal job, you have to be honest with yourself. You have to gain an intimate understanding of your skills, the skills you need, the things that burn you out, and the things you are willing to compromise on. This will help you identify missing pieces from your career puzzle and help you ask the right questions to see if a company or job will meet your needs before accepting the offer.
Keep in mind that sometimes we find our ideal job, and we overstay our welcome to the point where the job isn’t ideal for us any longer. But that just leads us back to the point about lack of clarity.
So, if you don’t know what to do next, but you know you need to leave your current job, do yourself a favor and book a free consultation with me at bit.ly/LRCConsult. We can talk about your current situation and a plan to move you closer to finding your ideal job.
This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.