This post was contributed by Beth Green.
Are you one of those people that seem to end up going from one terrible job to another? You might even begin to develop a complex about this strange phenomenon! You might think that there is a simple reason why you get drawn to dead-end jobs or ones where you hate your boss!
In reality, there can be a variety of reasons why you aren’t faring so well in your career endeavors. If you want to break the cycle and end up in a job you love, dare I say one you’d never leave, help is at hand!
Today I’m going to share with you the top four most common reasons why you never seem to end up going for “good” jobs:
1. You don’t think there is anything better out there
Sometimes people assume they have to settle for whatever’s going at the time. As you can appreciate, that isn’t the best of strategies to have when seeking employment!
Believe it or not, there is a “perfect job” out there for everyone. The main issue is that some of us aren’t willing to broaden our horizons. Think about your skills and strengths. What types of (good) roles could you apply for where you could use them?
2. Inability to embrace and work with technology
I’m not going to lie to you; technology dominates virtually all industries today! Some people fear learning new skills that use computers or technology in some way. They have the misguided notion that “computers will take over our jobs”!
The truth is, computers and technology still need humans to operate and oversee them. It’s better to make use of technology instead of shying away from it. For instance, let’s say you’ve got an admin role. Don’t assume that contract lifecycle management software will take over your job!
Instead, get trained in using such software to efficiently manage your employer’s business processes. In the above example, the software can help you remind customers about contract renewals. Trust me; evolving with the times and using IT will make you more valuable to employers – not less!
3. Resistance to change
I mentioned a moment ago the word “evolving.”
All of us need to change with the times otherwise we risk getting stuck behind in the past. Today’s employers want workers that are happy to evolve with changing market conditions. And they want people that are willing to learn new skills.
Don’t be one of those people that get stuck in their ways. Otherwise, you’ll keep ending up doing monotonous jobs that you hate!
4. Perceived clout
Many people stick with their jobs because they feel like part of the furniture, so to speak. They believe the longer they remain in a job they hate, the higher the chances of getting noticed! They also feel they are more likely to get offered a senior position within the company.
Here’s the thing: that doesn’t usually happen! If you hate your job, it’s likely your boss DOES notice you – but not for the reasons you think. They might want you to leave because they believe that you’re not doing a good job. That’s also true if you make it obvious how you dislike your job, boss or where you work.
Take control of your career satisfaction and find a role that honors your professional values and plays to your strengths. As Caroline Dowd-Higgins says, “Bad jobs happen but suffering is optional.”