Get Out of Job Jail!

4 Reasons We Stay in Lousy Jobs

We’ve all probably been there at some point in our careers. We’re bored, we’re unappreciated, we have a horrible boss, we’re underpaid or just plain UNHAPPY. But we stay too long, only to find ourselves disconnected from our passion and purpose, merely collecting a paycheck. Why do we stay in this virtual prison?

1. We’re afraid that nobody else will want us. We once felt capable and valuable, but those feelings have eroded into a lack of confidence. Even though we hate it, at least we have a job.

2. We’re fearful of putting ourselves “out there” and being subject to the judgments people will make about us. Better to just avoid rejection and stay where we are, under the illusion that the job won’t eventually suck the life out of us.

3.  Even after months and years of evidence to the contrary, we’re under the mistaken belief that, if we just stick it out, things will get much better. Maybe your bad boss will see the error of their ways, or some project currently under development will rescue the company from its lagging sales performance. Magical thinking often gets in the way of the best career decisions.

4. We’re uncertain of our ability to proactively find a job we really want, having taken opportunities in the past that fell into our laps. Writing off a proactive career move as too difficult, our spirit withers while waiting for the phone to ring from a recruiter with your dream job. See #3 on the perils of magical thinking.

When your friends and family get tired of hearing you complain, and tell you to do something about it, it’s time to get serious. The pain of getting a new job is NOT worse than the pain of sticking with your current, lousy one. Does it make sense to put this decision off even one more day?

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Feeling Stuck?

Polls consistently show that a staggering number of people aren’t particularly engaged in their work. The truth is, about 70% of the working population is unhappy at their jobs, a few actively looking to improve their situations, and most simply bearing the pain that comes with day-after-day-after-day of slogging through chaos, dysfunction and agitation.

With the stress to keep a comfortable paycheck, made even worse by the fear associated with the uncertainty of career transition, it’s no wonder people feel stuck. To start a job search, the pain either needs to be unbearable, or the impetus for change isn’t their own idea (think mergers, acquisitions, and organizational restructuring) It doesn’t have to be this way!

Do you know anyone who’s stuck in a bad (or no) job and can’t find their way out? Contact Launchpad Career Coaching. We unstick people, helping them connect their deepest desires with a career focus, and guiding them along the path to landing a great job.

Here are some signs you might be unhappy with your job:

  1. The heart palpitations begin around 6:00 on Sunday night, when the reality of Monday on the job sets in.
  2. The best days at work are when the boss in on vacation – at a place with limited or no digital connectivity.
  3. To successfully promote your product or service, you can’t be very truthful with customers.
  4. Your dog doesn’t think you’re fun anymore.

Do Your Own Damn Laundry

“Do your own damn laundry, and cook your own food, and get your own job” says Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s The Profit.  His number 1 tip for young workers? Don’t get too comfortable on your parents’ couch.

It’s not surprising why many people, from recent college graduates through their mid-thirties, live with their parents. Faced with high rents and daunting debt, living with the ‘rents can provide a nice economic kick-start to a life of independency. It can also create complacency and dampen the motivation to make it on one’s own. The best solution? Get a great job!

Launchpad Career Coaching gives people the best shot at success in a competitive job market. Through coaching, clients feel more connected to their goals, communicate them clearly and concisely, and can answer the question “tell me about yourself” in a compelling, interesting way.