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5 signs you’re in a Dead end job

  A dead end job is a work situation in which you feel you have little or no room for professional growth.  Any type of job can become a dead end job if it doesn’t align with or push you toward the general career goals you set for yourself.  When your work routine starts to feel like you are on autopilot every time you get into work and the work you have been introducing is showing little gains in the form of promotions or increases – despite factors like job or perfect job performance – you might be in a cluttered job.

  Your job has become so routine that you spend your days counting down time to take off.  Feel your skills, talents and rust collection leadership.  Even worse, you don’t see an end in sight because your employer doesn’t seem to offer a clear path to growth and advancement.

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  You’re stuck in a dead-end job, and they call it that for a reason: you’ll stay there unless you consciously direct your work life in a new direction.

  We all want work that provides more than just a salary.  We want to make a difference.  We want to feel appreciated.  We want to be challenged.  Most importantly, we want to know that our hard work today is to build toward a concrete goal.  Maybe that means a pay raise, more responsibility, more fulfilling assignments – and better yet, all of the above.

  If you are like most people, you like to think your job is taking you somewhere.  I hope that this place you head will bring you closer to your goals and aspirations.  Unfortunately, for many people, their job is nothing more than a salary and it doesn’t hold a long-term promise.  Except that Scarier is the fact that many people are unable to recognize when they are stuck in a cluttered job, so I’ve compiled a list of warning signs that your job is not headed anywhere.

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  Here are some warning signs that your job may not have a very bright future.  If any of these situations describe your current job, I won’t make any long-term plans and consider it time to start looking for a new employer.

  Even if you don’t work at your ideal job right now, do you feel that you are on the right track toward the position?  There is a huge difference between a lower-level position that acts as a starting point, or a means to achieve an end, and a dead end position that does not give you a place to go professionally.  Here are some signs that you may be in trouble.

Signs you’re in a dead end job

·         Promotions are hard to reach bye

  For a clear indication that your career may be on hold, look at your bosses and their tenure at the company.  For example, let’s say your manager has been in her position for five years, and her boss has been in office for seven years – and they both seem very comfortable in their place.  That means, in order for it to progress, something has to be tempting one of those big wigs to pop out of position or position.  And you haven’t seen any indication that anyone is planning to leave anytime soon.

  While this isn’t necessarily a sign of a clogged job (you never know when someone might suddenly walk out of the company or position), it can – and should – raise some concerns if you hope to move up the ladder sooner rather than later.

·         Thinking about going to the office annoys you

  One of the most warning signs that you are in a dead end is when you are not feeling joy when thinking about heading to work every morning.  When people love their jobs, they look forward to every new day in the office and at all times try their best to give their best.  If your heart isn’t at your job, it automatically appears in your work and the output of your work will definitely not be your best.

·         You are not in harmony with the company culture

  Although there are basic principles of professionalism and business etiquette that almost everywhere follows (for example, dressing, being friendly, abstaining from talking about religion, etc.), the culture of each company is unique.  If you’re the relaxed type, and yet the company you work for has a rule and organization for everything, then you may not thrive in those surroundings.  Regardless of the reason or how, if you and the company culture do not mix, you may not be the ideal candidate for an upgrade and it may be best to search for an environment more suitable for your personality.

·         Your company’s turnover rate is increasing

  If all of your friends jump over the bridge, right?  Well, of course the appropriate answer to this question whenever a parent asks “no,” but when it comes to making a sound career decision, think about it this way – if your co-workers and co-workers were jumping off this metaphor of “the bridge”, but you noticed that they are all connected with bungee ropes, you might be a little excited to join them (people jump ropes off bridges for fun after all).  If you notice that those around you are leaving your company en masse, they are doing so for a reason that is likely to reflect their dissatisfaction with the company culture.  It is possible that they are making this decision while taking appropriate safety measures.  In that case, it’s okay if you choose to grab a bungee rope and do that jumping too.


  What to do when you find out that you’re in a dead end job

  • Plan ahead.

  If you become frustrated with your current job situation, make an effort to plan your exit strategy.  Try to save the equivalent of six months to a year in emergency funds when you decide to leave and embark on a new job search.  Start your search for the pre-requisite industry or position and start updating your CV and connecting with your LinkedIn connections.  It is better to be overly prepared than unprepared.

  • Know your skills and capabilities.

  You have worked hard to acquire the skills you have and will work hard to gain more throughout your personal and career endeavors.  A key factor in ensuring you have all the tools you need to leave a job blocked and not fall into another one is knowing its value.  Learn about your strengths and areas you can improve so that you enter your new career conscious and confident.

  • Re-negotiate

  Learning to negotiate ensures that you won’t be low on the salary that you want in a new position.  Current and potential employers need your skill sets and learning to negotiate means you can stand up for yourself so that you get fair pay for the valuable skills you provide the company.

  • Be clear about what you want in a new career

  What exactly was it in your workplace or position that made you wants to leave it?  Be aware of what made you dissatisfied with the responsibilities of your workplace or workplace, and with these reasons in mind, list the types of benefits you are looking for in a new work environment or position.