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Dead-End Job? Time to Update Your Career Path!

It never fails.
Every Monday I come across people who absolutely hate that first day of the work week.
Clearly, they have a hard time getting up, getting ready and showing up at work.
I must admit that I not always loved my job.
I, however, have always made a point to perform my job as if I loved it.
While it may sound hypocritical, truth is that I learned early on that the key to my own performance as well as my psychological stability at work, was dependant primarily on how I looked at my work.
How I assumed my responsibilities and the way I accepted the role I was playing.
First of all, if you are one of those people I described above I do encourage you to look at things from a fresh perspective.
You may totally want to switch jobs and get out of where you are, but listen to me for a minute, I want to invite you to appreciate what you have right now.
Way too many people are unemployed right now.
Granted, you are probably overworked and underpaid.
Statistics show that with less available jobs, people are getting laid off yet the work load does not necessarily shrink.
In fact, those that are left behind are often expected to pick up some slack.
Conversely, you have displaced workers that are overqualified applying for anything that they can get their hands on.
This phenomenon too, impacts the level of satisfaction that so many people are experiencing today.
The fact is that if we don't love what we do, we are not going to be happy.
Having said that, my invitation to enjoy and to appreciate is one that will allow you to look at things from a new angle.
Again, even if the best course of action for you is to move on or up, displaying a sense of appreciation for what you do, has a myriad of positive effects on you and those around you.
OK, so on to the career path.
There are several ways to approach this: 1.
Is it possible to obtain a different job with your current employer? This option may refer to lateral or vertical moves.
If there are other options within the organization you currently work for, I would strongly suggest you explore them.
Not only will you be able to build upon your existing benefits and seniority, but if you are a good worker, it is likely that they will support your decision.
If may also be a situation of positioning yourself for when the position you desire becomes available; and again, your organization may be more prong to support you if you are performing well for them.
2.
If the answer is no, what is it you want to do? You may need to do some assessment (your HR department may help, otherwise the library or your local Department of Labor) to uncover how to put your skills, talents and desires to work for you.
This of course, may shed some light in regards to training/education.
And if you would need to take it into account as you map the next leg of your career map.
3.
Tony Robbins says that "Success Leaves Footprints.
" The point is that there is no need to reinvent the wheel.
If you already know someone who is or has been where you want to be, study their path, the way they did it.
You may want to interview them or to read about them.
And while you might not be able to do exactly the way they did it, you will have the inspiration to know that it can be done.
Plus, you will have some confirmation that this is the path you want to take.
4.
Focus on your strengths and build up on them.
Be aware of what you need, but spend the majority of time fostering those talents and abilities that you possess.
This creates a level of expertise that can make you marketable as you go along; whether you are seeking an internal promotion or a job with another company.
5.
Find a mentor or coach.
Once you realize that you want to move from where you are, working with an expert may help you by giving you an extra perspective and expertise; an objective assessment and the motivation and encouragement that you may lack on your own.
In summary, remember to start by appreciating what you have now.
Objectively, you may discover many aspects that are going to be valuable.
Then, assess where you are and where you want to go.
Knowing is important but so is action.
So take assessments, evaluate your have's and needs and create a path that will move you forward.
Use your strengths as leverage to get more either from your current job or your future job.
And whether you can use your expertise or you need to build on your education column; working with a mentor or coach might give you the push you need.
© 2010 Maria Martinez

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