Do you love your job? And if not, what are you going to do about it?
I recently came across a woman by the name of Alison Doyle. Ms. Doyle is a career expert, author and consultant. While I have never met her personally, she strikes me as a sensible no-nonsense kind of advisor. Among other things, Ms. Doyle is a guide on the About.com Job Search website. (You can learn all about Ms. Doyle on this page http://jobsearch.about.com/bio/Alison-Doyle-2335.htm which also has links to her site, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Anyway, this brings me to a topic that she wrote about today… “Do you love your job?”… Well.. do you? The article includes a poll, and as of the writing of THIS post, 232 people had voted… 58 people said “I love my job” (I’m one of those people)… 45 said “I hate my job”, 24 said “My job is boring” 40 said “It’s a paycheck” and 65 said “I want a new job”. That’s a lot of unhappy people.
So, where do you stand? I spent many years hating my job. In theory I loved it, I was mostly doing what I wanted to be doing… I wanted to love what I did, but, I was so miserable, bad things were happening all around. It was just a very negative situation and the constant worry it caused was effecting my personal life AND my health. I was scared to make a move – I had been there since I was 18 and I really didn’t know what the “real world” was like when it came to job searching, etc. I heard so often how bad the economy was and how giving up a solid job would be a terrible mistake. When I made the decision that I had no choice but to make a change, I was really scared. I cried over the decision, and frankly, it terrified me. I had just bought my first house, I had just gotten married. It could have been a disaster, or, it could have been the best thing that ever happened to me professionally. Luckily, it was the latter.
This change did not come easy, I put a LOT of work into my job search. I treated it like a marketing campaign. I created a brand for myself and approached the job search as if it was a business venture. That work paid off. Next month, it will be 2 years since I joined Arnstein, and I couldn’t be happier. I am doing what I love, I am challenged, I work with a really fantastic group of people.
If you aren’t happy in your job, is it time to make your move?