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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