A couple weeks ago I talked about not being satisfied at work and I wondered if it was time for a career change. In that article, I wrote that I was happy with my coworkers, had a reasonable salary, a good commute, and a few other positive key factors; everything was fine except the actual work I was doing.
Several months ago I reached a professional plateau in my current role, and I need a new challenge to continue to grow professionally and maintain my interest. I have worked with my manager and his boss to find something within the company, and I have expressed my situation to them numerous times. Unfortunately, there just isn’t anything within the company right now that will meet my professional needs and align those with the company’s needs. So I have officially decided to begin my job search.
Why I’ve decided to move on. In January, I wrote 10 signs it’s time for a new job. When I looked at these questions again and answered them truthfully, I didn’t like the answer I gave to some of them.
- I do not feel like I am continually growing and improving professionally.
- My current position is a job, not a career (though my manager would say otherwise)
- I’m not satisfied with my job duties; I believe I have more to offer.
- I dread going to work and it is affecting my attitude outside of work.
- Lack of Opportunity. This is the most important one for me. I am at a stage in my career where opportunity and growth are more important to me than the number on my paycheck. If I take advantage of opportunity, the money will follow.
My plan for my job search. Obviously, I can’t go to my management and tell them I am looking for a job. I also don’t plan on sharing this news with too many people I work with (the fewer the better!). Over the next few days, weeks, or however long it takes, I will quietly begin looking at new companies and I will start making sure everything is in order at work – assignments completed, continuity books in order, etc. I want to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved.
Stay tuned. Later this week, I will do a little update about how I plan job searching while currently employed, and give a few updates about how I am doing my job search. I hope you’ll come back!
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