10 Warning Signs You’re in The Wrong Job

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I started off just like most of the people that surround my environment. Good family and friends, always had what I strictly needed, and life seemed perfect, up until some point. There were the college and the university, and finally the long-awaited job. I always loved working with people, so I went on with this path.

After I finished university, it was not long till I managed to land a good job as a personnel assistant in a smaller corporate organization. As the months went by, I continuously felt a certain push. It wasn’t a physical one. It was just like something was burning inside me, and my subconscious was constantly trying to fight me.

To be honest, even though I could say that I love what I do, the place in which I worked and the job duties that were put into my responsible hands were too boring. For me, boredom leads to procrastination, anxiety, and depression.
So I took a moment by myself and closely examined my deepest feelings. I still have that paper, and I’m going to let you see it:

  • I feel anxious because I feel like I’m wasting my energy and youth doing a futile job
  • I feel angry because my boss doesn’t understand my point of view that might just revolutionize the company
  • I feel extremely bored with the duties they give me
  • I feel stupid because I am still working here

And after the last sentence, I remember how it suddenly stroked me. I said no more, I’m going to quit. Of course, the next morning I was back to my “comfy” job that was putting food on my table.

The breakthrough was when I figured out that I had to work double to get myself out of the position that I’ve solely put myself in. I figured out that the best way to get off this “job trap” is to start looking for another company to work for. Then, I could continue on by starting a company, and the path will lead me.

So for several months I stayed at home after work, looked out for open vacancies, learned new skills, and tested new things. Once I got a job offer from a well-known company, I quit my job and that’s it. Simple. That’s the end of my sorrow.

Now I’m living a happily ever after story, even though I’m not rich or overly successful. I’m living the dream because I do what I enjoy, and no one will ever make me do something that I don’t like doing.

Not that you should follow my lead or become as me, but you can learn from my mistakes. During today’s article, we’ll talk about 10 warning signs that prove that you’re in the wrong job. If you happen to figure out that you’re clearly in a wrong job situation, there’s no need to despair.

John Newman is a very fulfilled HR Generalist at Careers Booster, and also a friend of mine. I asked him for a simple advice that I could give to all the people that hate their jobs and start to become aware and panic. Here’s his message:

Lots of people are in your situation. What you can do now is slowly make your way out towards something better. Life’s not about material things – if you spend it not doing what you enjoy, you’ll definitely have regrets later on when you’re no longer able to do what you could do…now.

Now according to both John’s and my personal experience, here are the 10 warning signs that might suggest that you’re in the wrong job:

1. You’re Feeling Bored

As in my case, feeling bored is a true sign that you’re not doing what you’re supposed to do. The feeling of boredom comes whenever we’re not interested in the topics presented to us. The duties might be boring, so our efficiency will never shine.

2. Nothing’s Natural to You

If all of your tasks are putting you into a weird stance and position, you might just have a problem. Whenever you’re good at something, and you enjoy doing that thing, you’ll be able to perform naturally. Your creative mind makes it very easy for you to come up with solutions.

Moreover, your strengths should always advantage you in your job. If on the contrary, you’re feeling that nothing seems natural with your job, you’re in the wrong place!

3. You Don’t Fit In

After you spend several weeks or months at a workplace, you should already figure out whether you fit with the company’s culture and members. In case your colleagues are not really your type, you’ll probably never forge strong connections with them. This is a major issue, so I’d consider a change.

4. No Desire to Do More

If nothing motivates you to do more than required, you’re most likely to have a problem. You see, a productive and engaged employee is always looking for opportunities to do better. Your lack of interest in over delivering value might be a clear sign that you’re not supposed to work where you work now.

5. You’re There for The Money

If money’s the only thing that motivates you, then you haven’t picked your job pretty well. As John has suggested, life’s not about materialistic stuff. You can reach happiness by pursuing all sorts of different things, all while you’re doing something enjoyable during your work hours.

6. You Receive Bad Feedback on a Consistent Basis

Bad feedback isn’t necessarily bad. But if you’re receiving it on a constant basis, it means that you’re doing something wrong. Perceive bad feedback not as small remarks that are constantly being thrown at you by your mean boss, but the see the important clues that let you know whether you’re doing things right or wrong.

In case you’re doing it wrong all the time, why’d you keep staying there?

7. You’re Feeling Embarrassed that You Work There

In case you’re feeling any sort of embarrassment because of your job, you’re definitely in the wrong spot my friend. Solve the problem or quit immediately. Living with embarrassment is the worst, especially when the feeling sparks whenever you have to speak out your job position.

8. You’re Not Growing as a Professional

Life’s all about learning new thing and growing our physical and mental abilities. Nevertheless, many jobs are actually limiting the people that perform them. If you feel that your opportunities are slim and your growing rhythm has slowed down, start assessing your situation.

Found out that it’s clearly slowing your professional growth? Well, it’s not the right job!

9. You Just Can’t Be You

If you can’t be you, why even bother? Spend 8 hours pretending that you’re someone else? That sounds insane. Yet, many people do it, and they do it because they’re afraid of change. No one’s going to get you out of these types of situations other than yourself.

10. You’re Only Living on the Weekends

In case you’re waiting for Friday like kids wait for Santa each year, this is a very strong sign that you’re unfulfilled with your job. There are many individuals that only enjoy two and a half days of their lives per week because whenever they have to work, life’s not that pink for them. Apathy, boredom, and sadness…these are all feelings that are screaming for a change!
Conclusion

Being in the wrong job is a serious problem. Work represents half of our lives, so I’d suggest paying a lot of attention when choosing it. If you’re recognizing a few or more of these 10 “symptoms” in your present life, you definitely need to change your job. It takes courage, will, commitment, and action.

Once you manage to replace your job with something more fulfilling, life will no longer be miserable, and you’ll be able to enjoy way more aspects of your life. But remember…this will only happen…once you make the change.

Eva Wislow is a career coach at Resumes Planet and HR expert from Pittsburgh. She is focusing on helping people break down their limits, find a dream job and achieve career success. Eva finds her inspiration in writing. Follow her on Twitter.

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