So, you’re looking for career growth and advancement. Isn’t that what anyone wants in a job? Why else would you get up in the morning and spend 9 to 5 in an office?
If this sums up your life, you may want to consider becoming a recruiter. I’ll talk more about that later. First, here are some signs you’re stuck in a dead-end job. Although you run with the punches every day (a great attribute), having no path up the career ladder can be depressing. If more responsibility, more satisfying work or, most importantly, more money isn’t coming your way, here are signs it’s time to look elsewhere.
Management Doesn’t Seem to Value Your Role
You may not need a pat on the back to validate your work. But if your manager never shows appreciation for your skills and talents, something isn’t right. And when your boss rejects your ideas and suggestions every time, it’s unlikely they’ll magically start to or even consider you for a senior position.
There’s No Clear Career Path
When it comes to your abilities and accomplishments, your manager has a clear line of sight. They should be open to discussing your goals and advocate for you. Warning signs include if they can’t outline a means for advancement or avoid the subject when you bring it up.
A Slowdown in Company Growth
No matter what you do in a company, it’s important to keep track of its performance. If revenues have slowed, stalled, or declined, career opportunities may be stretched thin. Consider moving on if a downward trend has continued for a couple of years or more.
You Get Work Others Don’t Want to Do
You must do what your boss asks of you. But if your manager is just assigning tasks they don’t want to do themselves, their gratitude may be appealing on the surface, but the underlying message might be you’re a great assistant without much room to grow. There are other reasons a boss may want to keep you put. This is where doing too good a job has its downsides.
You’re Just Not Motivated
For the most part, office work is repetitive. You might not feel challenged every day if you’ve been there for a while. But there should be moments where you feel invigorated. If not, or your motivation has been in steady decline, update your resume and start looking elsewhere; or, start your own gig as a recruiter!
What Do I Do If My Job Isn’t Going Anywhere?
That’s a great question, and there are many others to consider. Before quitting, think about whether you’ve talked to management about your career goals, shown you can take on additional roles and responsibilities, and whether you’ve looked into how to expand your current role. Are there training opportunities in the organization? Is your employer willing to help you learn new skills and address new challenges within the company?
On the other hand, would you want to take a promotion offer or a different job in that company? If you’re feeling undervalued, unfulfilled, and underpaid, or just plain stuck and burnt out, there’s a path to setting your own hours, being your own boss, and achieving financial freedom while spending more time on the things you love.
I have achieved great success as a tech recruiter with all these perks. If you sign up for my e-Course “The Millionaire Recruiter”, I can show you how. Sign up or get in touch with your questions or comments today!