Ask The Experts
Q. I've grown restless in my current job. I've thought about a change, but the economy is so
iffy, I'm not sure that now is really a smart time. What would you suggest?
A. First, you should take a serious look at yourself to determine what it is that's making you
feel restless. While it is possible to run into a dead-end within a particular position,
often feelings of boredom or dissatisfaction are internal issues that can't be resolved by
simply changing jobs. I can't tell you how many people I've known who jumped from job to job
only to find the same problems following them to their new positions.
If you're sure that the problem is in the position and not within yourself, then there are
several strategies you might consider. First, you might try approaching your supervisor to
see if there are other duties you could take on. Often the additional challenges that new
projects bring can be just what we need to shake us out of the ruts we're in. Additionally,
by demonstrating initiative and motivation, you position yourself for possible promotion.
Barring that, you might see if it's possible to move laterally within the organization.
This way you have the ability to move into a new position that may be more satisfying while
maintaining the security of a known company.
If none of these things are possible, and you really do feel as though your growth is being
stifled within your current position, then it probably is time to begin looking for other
opportunities. A job change is one of the most stressful things you'll ever experience.
You'll never fell completely confident, and fears of an uncertain economy are largely
outgrowths of that. Don't let your fear and uncertainly hold you back. Remember, you can't
grow without risk.
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